Susan Isaacs

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Susan Isaacs is the author of fourteen novels, including Shining ThroughAny Place I Hang My HatLong Time No See, and Compromising Positions. Her most recent work is Takes One to Know One. She wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Compromising Positions (Paramount, 1985), and for Hello Again (Touchstone Pictures, 1987), which she also co-produced. Her books Shining Through and After All These Years have also been adapted for screen.

Isaacs is a recipient of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the Marymount Manhattan Writing Center Award, and the John Steinbeck Award. Isaacs is a former editor of Seventeen and a freelance political speechwriter. She serves on the board of Poets & Writers and was a past president of Mystery Writers of America. Isaacs lives on Long Island with her husband.

Literary agent: 
Richard Pine of InkWell Management

Publications & Prizes

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (Atria, 2018)
Takes One to Know One (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019)
A Hint of Strangeness (Kindle Singles, 2015)
Goldberg Variations (Scribner, 2012)
As Husbands Go (Scribner, 2010)
Past Perfect (Scribner, 2007)
Any Place I Hang My Hat (Scribner, 2004)
Long Time No See (Harper Torch, 2001)
Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen (Ballantine Books, 1999)
Red, White and Blue (Harper & Row, 1998)
Lily White (Harper & Row, 1996)
After All These Years (Harper & Row, 1993)
Magic Hour (Harper Torch, 1991)
Shining Through (Harper & Row, 1988)
Almost Paradise (Harper & Row, 1984)
Close Relations (Harper & Row, 1980)
Compromising Positions (Times Books, 1978)
Prizes won: 
  • Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award
  • Marymount Manhattan Writing Center Award
  • John Steinbeck Award

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Last update: May 06, 2019