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Julie Orringer

Biography

Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer is the author of two award-winning books: THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE, a New York Times bestselling novel, and HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER, a collection of stories; her new novel, THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO, tells the story of Varian Fry, the New York journalist who went to Marseille in 1940 to save writers and artists blacklisted by the Gestapo. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Scribner Anthology of American Short Fiction. She is the winner of the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children, and is at work on a novel set in New Orleans.

Julie Orringer

Books by Julie Orringer

by Julie Orringer - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1940, Varian Fry --- a Harvard-educated American journalist --- traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for 13 months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds and set up an underground railroad. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and Marc Chagall. THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO opens at the Chagalls' ancient stone house in Gordes, France, as the novel's hero desperately tries to persuade them of the barbarism and tragedy descending on Europe.