2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner
Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of *The Summer Guest* and *Mary and O'Neil*, winner of the 2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. His latest book, a post-apocalyptic vampire epic entitled *The Passage*, the first installment of a promised trilogy, came about when Cronin played a game with his daughter in 2006 where they decided to plot out a novel together. Cronin's daughter said she wanted a book about "a girl who saves the world." Ron Charles of the *Washington Post* said of the book, "By the third chapter, trash was piling up in our house because I was too scared to take out the garbage at night. It's a macabre pleasure to see what a really talented novelist can do with these old Transylvanian tropes." A New York Times bestseller, *The Passage* has received starred reviews from both *Library Journal* and *Publisher's Weekly*, and has been called by* Men's Journal* "Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade - maybe one of the best ever."