An American novelist and journalist, Egan is best known for her 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit From the Goon Squad.

The daughter of a lawyer and an art dealer, the Chicago-born and San Francisco-raised Egan attended Penn and Cambridge. She began her writing career as a journalist and, even now, despite her success as a novelist, continues to maintain her journalistic credentials by publishing non-fiction pieces, most frequently in The New York Times Magazine. Her articles typically explore of-the-minute social issues: cover stories include narratives about homeless children, bipolar disorder, and gay teens. Egan is also the author of four novels and one short story collection; her first novel, The Invisible Circus, was adapted into a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2001. Her second novel, Look at Me, was published the week of September 11th 2001, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most successful work to date is 2010's A Visit From the Goon Squad. The book is a work of fiction that has been characterized as both a novel and collection of short stories — despite its unclear classification, it has been well-received: it won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and is being adapted for an HBO series.

Egan is married to theater director David Herskovits. They have two boys, and live in Brooklyn. [Image via AP]