Stewart O'Nan

Stewart O'Nan is the author of sixteen novels, including City of Secrets, West of Sunset and The Odds, as well as several works of non-fiction, including, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh where he lives with his family.



The heart of the novel is his penetrating description of Fitzgerald's troubled self.
The Sunday Times

O'Nan is serious in his attempt to dig deep into Fitzgerald and his genius... Scott's pain is palpable but O'Nan's prose glitters in response.
Big Issue

Some of O'Nan's most suggestive passages conjure the feeling of freefall that can accompany uncontrollable change.

O'Nan has written a wonderfully intimate and gently absorbing book.
Press Association

Atmospheric West of Sunset re-imagines the last three troubled years of Fitzgerald's life... Stunning.
The Herald

A stunning account of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final years.
The Australian

[A] gorgeous new novel... O'Nan is a writer alert to the courage and beauty inherent in the stories of people who simply have to keep on keeping on.
Washington Post

Mesmerising and haunting...The strings O'Nan pulls so deftly are really the mark of a consummate pro, along the lines of Fitzgerald himself.
Boston Globe

O'Nan's adroitness with atmosphere and period detail makes Fitzgerald's dreams of creating worthy work, even with his best days behind him, absorbing and poignant.
The New Yorker

O'Nan... skilfully pulls us into Fitzgerald's gilded and yet familiar world. He brings the Hollywood legends to life. By the end, they feel like friends.
Chicago Tribune

With West of Sunset, one brilliant American novelist has taken on another... big-hearted and fascinating.
Seattle Times

[He] brings depth and tenderness to the awkward love affair between Fitzgerald and the gossip columnist Sheilah Graham.
Mail on Sunday

One of the most purely enjoyable novels of the year.
A.V. Club, best books of 2015

West of Sunset focuses on these last, darkly difficult years, folding in details of Fitzgerald's life with subtle, unhurried sympathy. The result is a fine portrait of grace under pressure and moral courage.
Burnley Express

This short book packs a heavy of the best novels I have read this year.
Literary Review

[A] simple, quiet story, told with emotional depth and elegance.
The Times

A sharply written and atmospheric rendering of life in the Jewish underground in post-war Jerusalem.
Jewish Chronicle

I've been a Stewart O'Nan fan since his very first novel, and never more so than with his latest. In City of Secrets, O'Nan takes his mastery of language and depth of character in a fresh direction: a richly nuanced suspense novel, set in an immensely intriguing post-war Jerusalem. A remarkable book.Chris Pavone

Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets will keep you up all night reading - what a beautifully crafted novel.Alan Furst

City of Secrets is, by inclination and design, quiet and finite, but its impact is deceptively large because O'Nan has something that can't be taught to a writer - and can indeed be unlearned by talented writers: the gift of authenticity. You'll rarely catch O'Nan being an author. You'll simply feel his story rolling past you, in the manner of an old Peugeot.
Washington Post

Enthralling... a clear-eyed and unsentimental look at an astonishing slice of history.
Seattle Times

Finely wrought and morally complex, O'Nan's considerable story-telling powers are masterfully deployed here. With deft strokes, he evokes the tensions and tragedies of Mandate Jerusalem, riven then as now by the fault lines of community and conscience.Geraldine Brooks

To Stewart O'Nan's 15 previous, omniform novels we can now add the excellent City of Secrets, a little jewel, ­wonderfully sparse, moody and uneasy, reminiscent of the delicious, frayed-­collar noir of le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.
New York Times Book Review

A book that embodies what's best in us.Stephen King

A delightful heartbreaker of a novel . . . Exquisite.
USA Today

O'Nan crafts a perfectly observed slice of working-class life.
Entertainment Weekly

A masterful portrait.
The Washington Post Book World

[A] deeply perceptive and observant little book, 140 pages that pack a bigger punch than all those 600 page tomes.