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Marisha Pessl - Author

About the Author

Marisha Pessi in her own words "I'm a New York Times bestselling author. My first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. My second book, Night Film, was named a best book by NPR, Cosmopolitan and Bookpage, and is currently in development with Chernin Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. My books have been published in over twenty-five languages.

I grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and currently live with my family in New York City. I attended Northwestern University, where I majored in Film, then transferred to Barnard College where I majored in English Literature with a minor in Playwriting.

After graduating I was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers as a financial consultant. In my tiny cubicle on the fifty-second floor of the Fox News Building, when my boss believed I was hard at work on PowerPoint presentations, I was actually searching the company database for cool character names for the new novel I was writing called The Anatomy of Butterflies, later retitled, Memoir of an American Girl. Two years later, after moving to London, I finished the book, which came to be known as Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

My favorite part of this job is the creation—building a universe from scratch, populating the planet with characters, landmarks, and hidden tunnels. I used to plot out my books meticulously but now I start with an evocative premise and see where it leads. I’m often asked to explain what my novels are about, but I find it difficult to answer. Writing is a meditation, a brutal trek through the wilderness, and a magic trick all at once.

I’m in awe of fearless people who build companies and outsiders who design worlds, anyone who isn’t afraid to break the mold or stand alone. People who never stop seeking the truth to the mysteries of their lives with courage, humor, and a healthy respect for murk.

A few artists who influence my work are Agatha Christie, John Hughes, Mark Twain, David Lynch, Shel Silverstein, and Truman Capote.

I love anyone who takes time out of their hectic lives to read, so I look forward to meeting you in bookstores around the world."

Photo credit David Schulze

Featured books by Marisha Pessl

Other books by Marisha Pessl

Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2018

Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. Who would you choose?From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film comes an absorbing psychological suspense thriller in which fears are physical and memories come alive."e;A thriller that will grip readers from the start."e; --HypableOnce upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim--their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend--changed everything.One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft--the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world--hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death.But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened. Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers . . . and at life.And so begins the Neverworld Wake."e;Beautifully creepy. . . . A mystery within a mystery."e; --The New York Times"e;A truly eerie reading experience."e; --Nylon"e;The first must-read of beach season."e; --Town & Country"e;A dark and twisty tale brimming with psychological suspense."e; --Bustle

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2016

Debyutnyj roman ot avtora Nochnogo kino - pozhaluj, odnogo iz samyh udivitel'nyh bestsellerov poslednih let. Vprochem, progremela na ves' mir Marisha Pessl eshche s pervym svoim romanom, otpraviv neskol'ko glav literaturnomu agentu svoego kumira Dzhonatana Franzena i prisovokupiv sleduyushchee opisanie: EHta kniga ne budet pohozha ni na chto, chto vy chitali v ehtom godu: zabavnaya, ehnciklopedicheskaya i bezumno ambicioznaya istoriya o lyubvi i potere, molodosti i starenii, uzhase i predatel'stve. Dalee - dogovor s izdatel'stvom, predlozhivshim besprecedentno vysokij dlya molodogo nachinayushchego avtora avans, pervye strochki v spiskah bestsellerov, perevod na mnozhestvo yazykov. Itak, poznakom'tes' s novoj geroinej nashego vremeni - Sin' Van Meer. Ona nechelovecheski ehrudirovanna v oblasti literatury, filosofii i nauki, mozhet naizust' prodeklamirovat' chislo pi do shest'desyat pyatogo znaka posle zapyatoj i ob"e;ekhala s otcom-professorom (po sovmestitel'stvu - zapisnym serdceedom) ogromnoe kolichestvo gorodov po vsej strane - no v shestnadcat' let zhizn' ee neobratimo izmenitsya vsledstvie nekih dramaticheskih sobytijVpervye na russkom.

NIGHT FILM

NIGHT FILM

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

Kul'tovyj kinorezhisser Stanislas Kordova ne poyavlyalsya na publike bol'she 30 let. Vot uzhe chetvert' veka ego fil'my ne vyhodili v shirokij prokat, demonstriruyas' lish' na tajnyh prosmotrah, izvestnyh kak nochnoe kino Dlya svoih mnogochislennyh fanatov on chelovek-zagadka. Dlya zhurnalista Skotta Makgrehta - vrag nomer odin. A dlya yunoj pianistki-virtuoza Aleksandry - otec. Dozhdlivoj oktyabr'skoj noch'yu telo Aleksandry nahodyat na zabroshennom manhehttenskom sklade. Policejskij verdikt glasit: samoubijstvo. I ehto otnyud' ne pervaya smert' v istorii sem'i Kordovy - dinastii, na kotoruyu budto nalozheno proklyatie. Makgreht uveren, chto ehto ne prosto sovpadenie. Vlekomyj zhazhdoj mesti i nenasytnoj tyagoj k istine, on okazyvaetsya vtyanut v zybkij, gipnoticheskij mir, gde vse chego-to boyatsya i vsyo ne to, chem kazhetsya. Kogda-to Makgreht uzhe pytalsya vyvesti Kordovu na chistuyu vodu - i poplatilsya za ehto ruhnuvshej kar'eroj, rasstroivshimsya brakom. Teper' zhe on riskuet samim rassudkom. Vpervye na russkom - svoego roda rimejk kul'tovoj Kinomanii Teodora Roshaka, budto vyshedshij iz-pod kollektivnogo pera Stivena Kinga, Gillian Flinn i Stiga Larsona.

Night Film

Night Film

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

'THE BOOK EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT.' Observer On a damp October night the body of beautiful Ashley Cordova is discovered in a Manhattan warehouse. Though her death is ruled a suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. The last time McGrath got too close to the Cordova dynasty, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his mind.

Die amerikanische Nacht

Die amerikanische Nacht

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2013

Ein uberwaltigender New York-RomanTief unten im Schacht liegt Ashley - sie ist tot - erst 24 Jahre alt - eine Leiche in einer verlassenen Lagerhalle Manhattans. Ein Unfall? Oder Selbstmord? Und was hat Cordova, der ubermachtige Vater und besessene Filmemacher mit ihrem Tod zu tun? Der Schlussel zum Geheimnis liegt in seinen magischen Filmen, die nach und nach zu einer Wirklichkeit werden, aus der es kein Entkommen gibt. Gnadenlos, packend und zuweilen verstorend ergrundet Marisha Pessl die dunklen Seiten des Lebens. "e;Die amerikanische Nacht"e; ist ein literarisches MEISTERWERK.

Die alltagliche Physik des Unglucks

Die alltagliche Physik des Unglucks

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2013

Blue hat den Blues. Ihr Vater, der Universitatsprofessor, zieht schon wieder um. Nie langer als ein Semester bleiben Tochter und Vater an einem Ort. Bald kennt Blue jedes College. Zum Gluck hat sie die Bucher - ihre engsten Vertrauten. Und so hungrig wie sie Geschichten auf Papier verschlingt, so lustvoll sturzt sie sich ins pralle Leben: Charmant und witzig besticht sie als wandelndes Lexikon und lat zugleich keine Wodkaflasche an sich vorbeiziehen. Jeder wei, Blue ist besonders. Man liegt ihr zu Fuen. Und dann passiert ein mysterioser Mord, und ihr Leben gerat aus den Fugen. Ein Aufsehen erregender und temporeicher Roman und ein spannend komischer Streifzug quer durch die Satze von Shakespeare bis Cary Grant.

Night Film

Night Film

Author: Marisha Pessl Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2013

NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR *; Cosmopolitan *; Kirkus Reviews *; BookPageA page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigythe daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker. On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley's life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordovaa man who hasn't been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova's dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself. Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova's eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more. Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.Includes a bonus PDF of interactive imagesPraise for Night Film ';Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl's deft touch with character.'Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review ';Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination.'Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review ';Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You'll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.'The Washington Post ';Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner.'USA Today ';Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new.'The Boston Globe ';Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense.'Entertainment Weekly ';A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that's equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there's some secret detail that will snap everything into focus.'New York ';Hypnotic . . . The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film . . . but in Pessl's own Night Film as well.'Vanity Fair

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