Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, and the short story collection Livability, winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, Playboy, Zoetrope, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


  • “Thanks to Raymond’s loose, masterful style, Freebird is an arm wrestling match between hilarity and heartbreak.”


  • “A new classic for the collapsing political landscape of America.”

    —Kim Gordon, author of Girl in a Band

  • “Beautifully written, precisely observed, and morally engaged. In the Singer family, Jon Raymond has  composed a kind of generational fugue on the theme of how to do some good in a grim world.”

    —Jonathan Dee, author of A Thousand Pardons

  • “No one writes sentences so graceful and characters so achingly real as Jon Raymond. Sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious, oftentimes at the same moment, Freebird is the gripping story of a dysfunctional family through which we better understand these dysfunctional times.”

    —Benjamin Percy, author of Thrill Me

  • Freebird is an intelligent and absorbing multi-generational story of an American family, written with great sensitivity, insight, and verve.”

    —Patrick DeWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers