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Matt Ruff

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I was born in New York City in 1965. I decided I wanted to be a fiction writer when I was five years old and spent my childhood and adolescence learning how to tell stories. At Cornell University I wrote what would become my first published novel, Fool on the Hill, as my senior thesis in Honors English. My professor Alison Lurie helped me find an agent, and within six months of my college graduation Fool on the Hill had been sold to Atlantic Monthly Press. Through a combination of timely foreign rights sales, the generous support of family and friends, occasional grant money, and a slowly accumulating back list, I’ve managed to make novel-writing my primary occupation ever since.

My third novel, Set This House in Order, marked a critical tur
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Deadline Hollywood reports that has been cast as Montrose in the upcoming HBO adaptation of Lovecraft Country.


This is amazing news, and also very surreal for me: Back before the book was even optioned, when I would play the “Who would you cast as X?” game, Williams as Montrose was always one of my first picks, though I never in a million years believed it might actually happen. In short, Wow!

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Lovecraft Country

4.07 avg rating — 9,354 ratings — published 2016 — 22 editions
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Bad Monkeys

3.61 avg rating — 8,112 ratings — published 2007 — 24 editions
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Set This House in Order

4.28 avg rating — 4,440 ratings — published 2003 — 22 editions
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Fool on the Hill

4.09 avg rating — 3,831 ratings — published 1988 — 15 editions
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The Mirage

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“But stories are like people, Atticus. Loving them doesn’t make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though. "

"But you don’t get mad. Not like Pop does."

"No, that’s true, I don’t get mad. Not at stories. They do disappoint me sometimes." He looked at the shelves. "Sometimes, they stab me in the heart.”
Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country

“But stories are like people, Atticus. Loving them doesn't make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though. But you don't get mad.”
Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country

“Loosely translated Der schlechte Affe hasst seinen eigenen Geruch means that people are most deeply offended by moral failings that mirror their own.”
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