Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Die a Little||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Song Is You||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Queenpin||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Bury Me Deep||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The End of Everything||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dare Me||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Fever||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|You Will Know Me||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
Megan Abbott is an American author who was born in the year 1971 in suburban Detroit. She grew up in the same locality and graduated from Michigan University. Abbott went on to pursue her Ph.D. in literature from New York University. She moved on to become a teacher at New York University, which is also the state University of New York. In the year 2013-2014, Megan Abbott went ahead to become the John Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is known for writing some of the best crime fiction novels of all times. It was the famous writer Jeffery Eugenides who served to be a major motivation and inspiration for Megan as she grew up. It was his book ‘The Virgin Suicides’ that had a great impact on Megan’s mind. She is also very fond of film noir and classic noir fiction. Apart from being a novelist, Megan has written several columns and novels for newspapers, including Los Angeles Times. Megan’s interest in writing has led her further to write blogs as well. She and another famous author, Sara Gran, work together to prepare these blogs.
Megan Abbot’s books have won numerous acclamations. She has also been nominated for as a recipient of many prestigious literary awards, most of which she has won. Megan’s works are not limited to just fiction writings. She has also penned down several non-fictional masterpieces which have been published in newspapers like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal. Megan Abbott’s book review was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Several other places where her non-fictional writings have found place include Salon and The Believer, which are popular media websites followed by a large number of readers on the social media. She has also worked as an editor for the anthology of short crime fiction stories “A Hell of a Woman.”
Megan has won the Edgar Award for Outstanding Fiction, for her 2008 novel Queenpin. She also won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Novel in the same year for the book Queenpin, which was published on 2007. The novel had also earned a nomination for the Anthony Award for the Best Paperback Original. However, it didn’t win the award. The book won a lot of accolades from writers and readers all around the globe and was cited as one of the best crime fiction thrillers of all times. In the list of Time’s ’23 Authors We Admire’, Megan Abbott held a position in the year 2011. Publisher’s Weekly, a famous name in the world of fiction stories and novels, gave her book ‘ The End of Everything’ a starry review and the book went on to receive a lot of admiration.Apart from this, her other novels have won her several nominations too. Her novel ‘Bury Me Deep’ had been given a nomination for Anthony Award for Best Paperback Book of the Year. Megan has published numerous books, and all of them belong to the same genre, that is crime fiction. She also has to her credit a published short story ‘My Heart is Either Broken.’ The story was published in the year 2013 in the anthology titled ‘Dangerous Women.’ Some of her famous novels include Queenpin, Bury Me Deep, and The Fever.
Die a Little (2005)
Inspired by her love for noir fiction, the first book of Megan Abbott was a nifty noir too. Die a Little is set in a post-war era which focuses on how a young and a very respectable woman falls for the hard-boiled Underworld in Los Angeles. The book gives us a picturesque view of the glamorous world of the 1950s and also some insight into the Los Angeles’ infamous Underworld. The protagonist of the book is Lora King, a young blond schoolteacher. She has a brother whom she lives with named Bill. He works as a junior investigator in the office of the District Attorney. She is living a happy and comfortable, suburban life without worries. However, things take a downwards dip when Bil falls in love with a strange woman, Alice Steele. Alice works as a wardrobe assistant in Hollywood and has a rather shady and disturbing past. The equilibrium in the life of Lora and Bill is lost as this new character brings in a lot of turns and twists in their life.
Bill soon marries Alice, and despite Lora’s hatred for her new sister-in-law, there is nothing she can do except for living with envy and distrust. When Alice gets a tighter hold on her brother Bill, Lora is extremely jealous, but there is nothing she could do. .Worried about her brother and driven by the feeling of jealousy and mistrust regarding Alice’s history, Lora is lured into the dark alleys and the shadowed world of seamy Los Angeles. Lora assumes the role of a junior detective and then moves on to unearth the world full of prostitution, drugs and even murder in the dark pall of the Underworld. She comes across Mike, an amoral journalist and she slowly falls in a relationship with the guy. Mike knows about Alice’s past and in an attempt to find out more about it from Mike, Lora loses herself and comes to a point where her life greatly resembles Alice’s present and past.
The Song is You (2007)
Another noir in the series of crime fictions, The Song is You is a rather pungent and vigorous novel by Megan Abbott. Set in the year 1949, the story starts with Jean Spangler kissing her five-year-old daughter goodbye and leaving for a shoot. She is a star and has a shoot at the Hollywood Studio.However, she has never seen again after this incident. The only clues left are her purse, a broken strap, a cryptic note and some rumors about her ugly love life.The protagonist of the story is Jil Hopkins, who is a Hollywood publicist with his career being on a high. However, two years after Jean’s disappearance, he is somehow dragged into the drama, and one of Jean’s friend blames Jim for hiding the whereabouts of Jean on the night that she disappeared. Guilt and the fear of blackmailing take over him and Jim decides to uncover the mystery before a competitive rival female journalist does.
Jim thinks he can handle all that might be behind his case, but the deeper he digs, the more ugly and horrifying things are unearthed about the Hollywood’s inner world. The novel reveals the dirty secrets and the dark alleys of the Tinseltown which attract the young generation.Book Series In Order » Authors » Megan Abbott