Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of GodThe Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She won the 2018 National Book Award for her seventh novel, The Friend.

Among the many journals to which she has contributed are The New York TimesThreepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’sTin House, The Believer, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Her honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Foundation Award.

Nunez has taught most recently at Princeton, Columbia, Boston University, and The New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Baruch, Vassar, and the University of California at Irvine, among others. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country. She lives in New York City.


"Graceful, respectful, and achingly honest." 
-Kirkus Reviews

"Ms. Nunez writes beautifully, [and] her memoir offers the most revealing portrait of Sontag yet."      -The New York Observer

"Nunez, an uncompromising talent in her own right, offers the most vibrant and multifaceted portrait of Sontag to date." - Vogue

"Susan Sontag roars to life …. As magnetic and complicated as Sontag herself, Nunez's homage is both critical and compassionate … [an] elegantly crafted chronicle of a young writer's artistic education." - Vanity Fair