Adrienne Brodeur

Best-selling Memoirist & Novelist
Executive Director of Aspen Words

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“Adrienne Brodeur does family intrigue and dysfunction like no one else I know. Gorgeous, gripping.” —Ruth Ozeki

“Brodeur is very deliberately examining a small family horror story within a larger political context.” —The New York Times

Adrienne Brodeur is the best-selling author of the novel Little Monsters (Simon & Schuster, 2023), a New York Times editors choice and a Vogue best book of 2023; and the memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me (Mariner Books, 2019), which The New York Times Book Review described as, “Exquisite and harrowing. The book is so gorgeously written and deeply insightful, and with a line of narrative tension that never slacks, from the first page to the last, that it’s one you’ll likely read in a single, delicious sitting.” Wild Game’s film rights were bought by Chernin Entertainment with Nick Hornby attached to adapt and Deniz Gamze Ergüven as director.

Brodeur has spent most of her professional life in the literary world, discovering voices and cultivating talent. Her publishing career began with the founding of the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor-in-chief from 1996-2002. The magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Best Fiction four times. In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt, where she acquired and edited literary fiction and memoir.

In 2013, Brodeur left publishing to become Creative Director — and later Executive Director — of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. In 2017, she launched the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.

Adrienne splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children.

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