About Gabrielle

Zevin Photo 2017


GABRIELLE ZEVIN is the New York Times bestselling novelist of nine novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and most recently, Young Jane Young. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold millions of copies all around the world. She has written book criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She has also written screenplays, including Conversations with Other Women, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She lives in Los Angeles.



LONGER BIOgabrielle with dog

GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally bestselling author whose books have sold millions of copies and been translated into over thirty languages.

Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), spent months on the New York Times Bestseller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, and has been a bestseller all around the world. The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book “a powerful novel about the power of novels.” Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was a New York Times Editor’s Choice title.

She has also written books for young readers. Her best known young adult novel is Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own… Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.”

She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has occasionally written criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered, and she began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. She lives in Los Angeles. Her ninth novel is Young Jane Young.


107 thoughts on “About Gabrielle

  1. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Just got this book for my daughter! She has retrograde amnesia do to a fall at school, I am hoping she can relate to the character. Life for my 15 yr old has changed forever and much like the book. She is and had struggled to relearn and rebuild her life . Relationships, friendships have all been changed. I guess the thing that strikes me the hardest is when I go to ask a question and I remember she doesn’t know the answer! Or when some one shows upset with her about past events and for her she lives in the here and now she doesn’t remember the when, where or before!

    1. How interesting. Thank you for writing. I hope she will relate to the character’s experiences, too. Let me know what she thinks when she’s done reading. Yours, Gabrielle

  2. My best friend is a huge fan of yours. Is there any way i could get a signed copy if Elsewhere from you?

    1. I can send you a signed book plate (that she can fasten into her book) or a signed bookmark. Send me an e-mail with your address and details. You’ll find my e-mail under CONTACT on this website.

  3. Im doing a book project on BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD and I really need to know what CHARLES DELACROIX looks like. Please respond as soon as possible. Thank you!!!

  4. Oh one more thing. I actually need to know what celebrity SCARLETT BARBER and CHARLES DELACROIX look like.

    1. I have no idea! Perhaps Scarlet looks a bit like Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility, or even Scarlett Johansson or Mia Wasikowska. Charles Delacroix looks — hmm, I’d say a sightly older Michael Fassbender.

  5. Bonjours,
    Pourriez vous svp écrire une suite a : la mafia du chocolat j’ai vraiment adorer ce livre et je trouve que ce n’est pas fini qu’il nous manque des information et donc j’en veut encore plus. je veut savoir ce qui est arriver a Anya et a Win …
    Je vous en suplit ecriver une suite a la mafia du chocolat . Pleaseeeeeee !!!!

  6. can you please write the tomme 2 to mafia of chocolate because i want to know more about Anya , Win , leo & natty . So please make it . I was living inside the book . I loved it . I enjoyed it. I was Anya when i was reading this book so please again write it . I will suplying u .

  7. So I’ve been reading All These Things I’ve Done and I was wondering about Anya’s name. Her middle name , which is the patronymic name in Russian culture, is Pavlova but her father’s name is Leonyd so her middle should be Leonidas. Why did you do this?

    1. Good point. And wouldn’t Leonidas have been a lovely middle name? The truth is, Anya is an American of Russian descent, and not a Russian living in America. Both her parents are Americans, and her mother isn’t Russian at all. Anya follows a mix of traditions. (For instance, she also goes to her mother’s church.) The name Pavlova is Nana’s maiden name, and Anya was given it as an homage to Nana, though it is indeed a break with Russian naming conventions. I believe the choice shows the respect that Anya’s parents had for Nana. Thanks for asking!

  8. There are no words that can express how much I love your books. My friend recommended ‘Elsewhere’ to me and O couldn’t find it at first because it was hidden with all of the books at the bottom of the shelf, but I am so glad I found it. I could not put Elsewhere down because I loved it so much, but when I read ‘All the Things I’ve done’ I was dazzled, I read that book and the sequel in less than a day. I was so heartbroken after ‘Because it’s in my blood’ I did love it too, ironically enough, because it showed not just the ups but also the negatives a relationship. When I stumbled upon ‘In the age of love and chocolate’ I was literally screaming in my head. I didn’t know when it would come out and again I read it in less than a day because I loved it. The ending was so beautiful and showed that love can truly stay alive in everyone. Ok, thanks for reading this rant about how awesome this is. You truly are my favorite writer and you aspire me to wrote a book.

  9. Hey Gabrielle what’s up? I just finished reading your book “ElseWhere” and I just wanted to tell you that it is the best book I have ever read in my life. It made me think so much about the importance of life. In school right now, I have to write up I little report about you as I whist wanted to know a few important things that you could tell me about. Collage, what inspired you, ect..
    Please reply it would make me really happy because you are the est writer I know! THANKS!

  10. Elsewhere is a horrid, terrible, annoying book. I can’t believe I wasted my time reading it. Elsewhere is badly written and the charecters are majorly underdeveloped. I hope your other books are better than this, or I worry for whatever part of your brain pressured you to ever publish your crap. Anyone who truly enjoyed elsewhere has serious mental issues

    1. I’m sorry you feel you wasted your time reading Elsewhere. Many people don’t feel as you do, but this is one of the wonderful things about reading—we all get to have different opinions.

      Re: whether my other books are any “better than this” one. I wrote Elsewhere over ten years ago. I like to think I have improved since then, but who can say?

  11. I loved The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry!! My only problem was I couldn’t put it down! Really enjoyed all the book references, and the quirky characters. I haven’t read any of your other books, but will be doing so now! Any chance you’ll be in Iowa City, IA, or nearby, for a reading and book signing?

    1. Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for writing and reading. I’m doing several events in states around Iowa but alas, I don’t make it to Iowa! These are my midwest stops:

      4/28: Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

      4/29: The Bookstall, Winnetka, IL

      4/30: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

      5/1: Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

      5/6: McLean & Eakin, Petoskey, MI

      5/7: Schuler Books, Lansing, MI

      5/9: Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

      1. Thanks for letting me know where you’ll be on your upcoming book tour, and thanks for writing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I’ll be recommending it to my fellow book lovers! 🙂

          1. Hello,I’m only 13, and I have not read that ” Elsewhere ,” but I can not detach myself . I’m falling in love with this book , I read and reread the tireless ! Sorry for the bad English , I am French . How can I contact you?

  12. Thank you so much for writing “The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry”.It touch my soul profoundly from the dedication page to the last page.
    Again thank you for a long lasting memory of a book that is writen in a way that all books should be writen in .A book that dont leave your soul ,and kept close to your heart.
    I hope to see you in LA in a book tour tgis summer
    PS. a big fan from Saudi Arabia

  13. Im seriously in love with all your books ive read elsewhere 10x since last year is there and movie to it ? Or a movie at least similar to it ?

  14. I just finished reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and in background I have 25 books at this time checked out from the library and I finished this one in about a week. My favorite line was, “What was your favorite book?” from A. J. to Amelia on first date, “It says a lot about you” (paraphrased) Wow a powerful thought for a reader and I had to admit to myself, too many read to remember. Asked my Mom and she said “Atlas Shrugged” Who doesn’t ? This is first time I’ve felt compelled to comment on a webpage, but I had to praise your work on the book. I just knew it would be somewhat of a sad ending, like Ole Yeller, but read on.
    Thank you

  15. Hi, Gabrielle,

    I just finished reading your brilliant novel, The Storied Life… I started reading it at the local bookstore where I used to work. Not a private corner bookstore, mind you, but a smaller one of the Canadian Indigo chain. I sat down and finished it in two sittings.

    Your plot, character development and imagery are flawless. There is so much humour, humanity and hope in these pages. Thank you for this gift to modern English literature.

    As a fledgling author myself at the age of 68, writing about my own adoption and its bizarre twists and turns, the adoption six years ago of our two kids from Ukraine, my 17 years as a monk in Europe during the Cold War, widowhood, and too much else, I appreciate the skill you manifest to weave so many streams into a congruent whole.

    I will be soon reading all the other works you’ve produced and telling my many reader friends about your amazing talent.


    Peter Andersen
    Vancouver BC

  16. I cannot remember when I have so loved a book. I am a fairly Oracea’s reader so this is meant as a compliment. It is extremely well written with great character development. I can’t remember either, the book that made me both laugh and cry and care so much about the people. It had suspense and twist and yet remained a human interest story. It will stay with me perhaps forever and I will recommend it to all my bookclubs.

  17. I am so in love with your book elsewhere. I read it a while back and pick it up again and the story felt brand new. I was wondering if it was going to be produced into a movie though, because I think it would be awesome to be on the big screen. Thanks

  18. I have just finished Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac only 30 minutes ago and am absolutely in love with this book and it’s beautiful characters.

  19. Dear Gabrielle, I just have to tell you how much I am enjoying your book, the storied life of AJ Finkry. I am on page 121 and I want it to last forever. Every sentence is a precious gem. Thank you so much for adding to my life. If you are ever in Santa Barbara, I would love to meet you. I would love to know how you acquired your warmth and wisdom at such a young age.

  20. I first read Elsewhere in High School in 2009. I’m dyslexic and hated reading! Your book changed that for me, now I love reading! You’re such a good author! I recommend your works to everyone I talk books with!

  21. Hello!

    I’ve just completed my sophomore year in college. In order to finish up the year I had to write a 1500-2000 word paper comparing a modern day science-fiction or fantasy book with a Greco-Roman novel.

    I hadn’t read Elsewhere in probably six or seven years… But the moment I was assigned this paper I immediately thought of the book. So, I downloaded the book on iTunes and re-read it in one day (though I should have been studying for finals). I couldn’t put the book down, just as I hadn’t been able to the first time around, so many years sooner. (I wrote my paper on Elsewhere and the Myth of Er in Plato’s The Republic. I got an A).

    Returning home to my parents house three days ago for the summer my first stop was to pick up all other books available written by you. I have so far finished All These Things I Have Done, and Because It Is My Blood. It’s 2 in the morning and I’m cursing the fact that I don’t have another book of yours to read. I can assure you the moment I get up tomorrow I will go to another store to try and get your books.

    You’re a phenomenal writer. I hadn’t read a book for fun for years. College and work have left me too busy… But reading Elsewhere reminded me of how nice it is to get lost in a novel. I can’t thank you enough for that.

    Thank you for sharing your gift with words,

  22. Just loved “The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry” – I laughed, cried and couldn’t put it down. Congratations on such a great work.

  23. This book, “the storied life of a.j. Foley,” is perhaps the finest, best written book I’ve ever read. Case in point this is the first time I’ve ever been moved to write an auther to express my apprication for their work. This is one book I would treasure having in a signed edition.

  24. Hi Gabrielle, I have just finished reading your book on. all the things I’ve done, im lost for words, I read on a website called wattpad. Funny enough I used to write as well as I have personal issues an the fantasy seemed better then reality. I would love to chat to you one day if allowed of course, I’m from Australia & 19 years old.
    I can only suggest email or skype.
    my email is teagandavies23@gmail.com
    my skype is Teagan.Davies

    I hope to hear from you as I have many questions.

  25. I finished read The Storied Life of A.J Firky and I loved it! Your book is so adorable. The way you write is awesome. I’m sad about Firky’s ending, but I think I couldn’t make a better final.
    It’s because writers like you that I wish more study journalism at college.
    P.S: I really loved it.
    P.P.S: It’s a story better than Twilight.
    P.P.P.S: I wish I could talk more about my feelings after this amazing book, but my english is not so good…

  26. I just finished reading The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry. I absolutely loved it, couldn’t put it down and its now past 2am. I adore bookstores and read constantly.
    If the bookstore had been sold then yes there might have been a pharmacy put there or luxury housing which they are doing in NYC by wanting to sell the libraries. I will read your other books, can’t wait! 🙂 🙂

  27. Elsewhere left me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I loved it and can you write another book on it? It was amazing, and I really enjoyed it.

  28. I just reaD your latest. In 5 hours. You are an amazing writer I own an indie bookstore in Portland Maine Somehow you understand me and ennoble my profession. Thank you. I am now gonna sell the hell out if your book.
    Take care

  29. I love your writing so much. Just finished reading Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac for the third time, and forced my friend into reading Elsewhere. LOVE EM! Is there anyway to get a signed copy from you of Elsewhere?

  30. Hello! I’m not here to ask anything from you I’m just here to tell you I’m from Mexico and I have loved your book “Elsewhere” for many years. Over the years it has been one of my top favourite books I’m 19 years old now, I can’t really remember when I bought it but I can remember that I have red it several times and every single time I like it more. I don’t know how come I never investigated about you but here I am at 6:41 am awake at bed thinking about afterlife and “Elsewhere” just pops out in my mind and I wanted to know more about you and other books that you have written. Sorry if I have bad grammar I tried my best. Thank you for your time reading me and your writing.
    – Sofía.

  31. Wow, I have never in my 22 years of living finished a book in 2 days, let alone finished reading a book without using Spark Notes. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was the most amazing book I have ever read, I cried in a few parts and to be honest I didn’t want the book to end I wish there was a part 2. If am so happy that I found your book in the Miami airport on my way to London because it really opened my eyes to literature and the beauty of it so thank you and I will be buying your other books when I get back to the states. Thank you 🙂


    1. Wowwww!!! I found the book “la misura Della felicita’ ” on holiday too….in Mauritius airport….and it was on sit… Nothing happens without reasons!!!

  32. Sometimes books could change life of people! That’s happened to me reading “la misura della felicita’ “. Thanks Gabrielle. You are great!

  33. I’m in middle of reading “because this is my blood,” and it’s a truly intriguing book. It’s very hard to find good books nowadays but this book was really a great book! If your ever in New York for a book signing please post it, I would love to come.thank you for writing it!!

  34. Hello, Really , I love “A life elsewhere ,” I can not live without , I read it at least 4 times! How can I contact Gabrielle Zevin ?

  35. Gabrielle, we are hoping you are available for a SKYPE interview on Saturday March 14 around 3pm. Our Pulpwood Queen club will be reading your book.

    Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet each other personally at Girlfriend Weekend. We loved hearing about you and your book ar the panej.

    Thank you very much!


  36. Ms. Zevin: YOU are an excellent writer! I have just discovered “Storied Life…” and I can’t put it down – except to tell my friends about it and search to see what else you have written. Please keep at this – I am especially pleased to be reading something uplifting and fun for a change. So much in real life and in other fiction is not. I salute your talent!

  37. You are a wonderful writer. I just read the storied life of a.j. fikray, and even though lm 57, I read memoirs of a teenage amnesiac. Thank you. I believe books are gifts to everyone. (Even though we purchase them lol)

    1. Dear Gabrielle ZEVIN,

      Thank you very much for your books! There are so fantastic!! But, i would know your veritable e-mail, because i have any questions about a book. Le 27 mars 2015 22:01, “GABRIELLE ZEVIN” a écrit :

      > nancy commented: “You are a wonderful writer. I just read the storied > life of a.j. fikray, and even though lm 57, I read memoirs of a teenage > amnesiac. Thank you. I believe books are gifts to everyone. (Even though we > purchase them lol)”

  38. Dear, Gabriella
    I’m Marina from Bulgaria and i have just read The storied life of A.J. Fikry . In Bulgaria the name of the book i something like “Island’s bookstore” in English. I like this book so much and i wanted to tell you this. This book is one of the book that you can’t stop thinking about them ,and I’m glad that my mom gave to me months ago. Thank you for that amazing book !
    P.S I’m sorry if my English is not goo enough !

  39. Thank you so much for sharing your books with the world. I just bought Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac after checking it out of the library countless times in high school. I’ve also read your book Elsewhere a few time, and I was absolutely astounded by new ideas every time I read it. Every time I read MTA, I have to reevaluate my identity (it keeps me in check). I’m a writer too, working on my first YA novel, and I’ve been going back to your books for a reminder of what made me love my favourite stories in the first place. So thank you for creating worlds, characters, and entire universes inside my head.

    Most fondly,
    Gillian Garrett

    1. Thank you, Gillian, and you’re most welcome. I’m delighted that the book has stood up to multiple readings! Best of luck with your first YA novel. —Gabrielle

  40. Hi! If you happen to be in the MA area any time soon we would love to see you. This coming month (May) we are going to be reading “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry” for our book club.
    Just wanted to put that out that, you never know.
    Thanks for reading.
    BookBabes on Facebook

  41. Hi,

    I am in the middle of reading the storied life, and wow! Amazing!
    I bought the book after only reading the summary online. I was buying the latest alice hoffman book online and had to order another book for free shipping….glad i did!
    I was halfway through the book when i looked at the back and saw your picture…a young woman ( i thought like maybe 23?) And i thought it was written by an old man….or just older….

    I googled you and i am glad i found you….i always wait for new alice hoffman books to come out and i hate that that sometimes takes a long time….glad i have like 8 more gabrielle zevin books to read! Thanks for that

    I am from holland by the way, i always order books in engliss, so hopefully i can find the rest here as well!

    New books, yeah, i am so happy

    Awesome writing! I published two english young adult books here in holland, hopefully one day, my writing will be as amazing as yours!


  42. Dear Ganrielle, I loved the storied of AJ Fikry and was wondering. If you have plans to write a trilogy? It would be fabulous to continue our journey with Amy and Maya and the others.
    Thanks and look forward to your reply.

  43. Ms. Zevin,

    Thank you for The Storied Life! Loved it! Btw if you are on match.com I am rgm3738


  44. i’m a reader from china who suffering the hopeless period as AKJ used to have… i lost my friends and job after a long trip and now my love seems to be disappeared of my life now. i hope i could be maya because i love writing but nobody thinks an amateur like me may catch the eye of public… and the worst, that my body i just received the bad news from hospital that i have several physical problems… i dont know what to do now…
    p.s one of the main interpretors of your book just passed by last year…

  45. I just finished reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry a few minutes ago; may I add that I loved it so much that I finished it in two days…? Anyhow, I was assigned to read it in additon to – coincidentally(?) – Silas Marner for my summer reading at my high school. I was crying so much near the end, and I knew then that I needed to tell you what I thought of your novel. It’s purely wonderful. It has inspired me both on the small and large scale with everything from lessons about life and love, to more serious things like what I shouldn’t take for granted. Thank you so much for creating this masterpiece, I am recommending it to my family and friends – who I know will appreciate it as much as I have.

  46. I just read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry in one sitting. I loved the book. What makes this book, and this reading, all the more significant is that it’s the first novel I have been able to read since suffering a brain injury a year and a half ago. I used to be a voracious reader and until now was only able to read more simple works. Than you. Thank you for writing a great book and for giving me hope regarding eventually making a full(er) recovery.

  47. I just finished reading The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and find myself in tears. It is such a wonderful book about the love of books. I love each and every quirky character!

Comments are closed.