Lorraine Adams

Lorraine Adams is an American journalist and novelist. As a journalist, she is known as a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and a former contributor to The Washington Post. As a novelist, she is known for the award-winning Harbor and its follow-up, The Room and the Chair.

Lorraine Adams
BornUnited States
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.)
Columbia University (M.A.)
GenreNovelist, journalism
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting,
Guggenheim Fellowship
SpouseRichard Price

Early lifeEdit

Lorraine Adams graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in English from Princeton University in 1981 after completing a 76-page-long senior thesis titled "The Hero in Ezra Pound's Cantos."[1] She then attended Columbia University, graduating with an M.A. in English and American Literature in 1982.[2]



She was a staff writer for The Washington Post,[3] and The Dallas Morning News.

She regularly contributes to the New York Times Book Review, and is a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.[4][5]

Adams and Dan Malone of The Dallas Morning News shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, citing "reporting that charged Texas police with extensive misconduct and abuses of power", including rights violations.[2][6]


Her first novel was published in 2004, Harbor, featuring North African Arab stowaways.[7] It won accolades including Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction, Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award, and Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of 2004, and it made the New York Times Best Books of 2004 list.

Her second novel, The Room and the Chair, was published in 2010 and details the life of an American fighter pilot. The German-language edition is Crash (Zürich: Arche, 2011).[8]

Amy Wilentz, reviewing The Room and the Chair in the Los Angeles Times, stated, "Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. The Room and the Chair establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its achievements. It's a war novel, a reporter's novel and a psychological thriller. It encompasses the broadest outlines of our world. It is also Adams' second novel, and it is gutsier and throws a wider net than the topical and gorgeously written Harbor, her first. Both books are about U.S. involvement in the Middle East, about psychological and political blowback, about what happens when you wage a war and then suddenly it slaps you back, blindsides you."[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Adams lives in Harlem, New York and is married to the novelist Richard Price.[10]


Selected worksEdit

  • "Almost Famous",[13] Washington Monthly, April 2002
  • Harbor,[14] Random House, Inc., 2005, ISBN 978-1-4000-7688-8
  • The Room and the Chair, Knopf, 2010, ISBN 978-0-307-27241-6
  • NYC 22 "Block Party" July 2012[clarification needed]


  1. ^ Adams, Lorraine Gladus (1981). "The Hero in Ezra Pound's Cantos". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "The Pulitzer Prizes | Investigative Reporting". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  3. ^ "washingtonpost.com - search nation, world, technology and Washington area news archives". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ "Lorraine Adams Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  5. ^ "Crime and Punishers on Streets of Harlem". Jeremy Egner. The New York Times. April 4, 2012. Arts & Leisure p. 13.
  6. ^ "Lorraine Adams - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  7. ^ "Lorraine Adams: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  8. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek" (in German). Portal.dnb.de. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  9. ^ Wilentz, Amy (February 21, 2010). "'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ The Reliable Source. "Style: Love, etc.: Authors Richard Price and Lorraine Adams wed," Washington Post online (May 20, 2012).
  11. ^ "Fourth Annual VCU First Novelist Award Reading, Lorraine Adams". Blackbird.vcu.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  12. ^ "Joseph O'Neil, Lorraine Adams, and Colum McCann Named 2010 Guggenheim Fellows - GalleyCat". Mediabistro.com. 2010-04-15. Archived from the original on 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  13. ^ ""Almost Famous" by Lorraine Adams". Washingtonmonthly.com. Archived from the original on 2002-06-01. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  14. ^ Adams, Lorraine (2007-12-18). Harbor - Lorraine Adams - Google Books. ISBN 9780307426161. Retrieved 2013-11-04.

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