Nicholas Montemarano

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of two previous novels, The Book of Why (2013) and A Fine New Place (2002), and a short story collection, If the Sky Falls (2005), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His short stories have been published in Esquire, Tin House, Zoetrope, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere, and have received special mention in The Best American Short Story four times. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Montemarano grew up in Queens and now lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College.


  • “It’s hard to look so deeply into other people’s lives that you really understand them, except perhaps through fiction, and that is what Montemarano has done here, with deftness and subtlety. . . . [A] poignant reminder that a short life is every bit as meaningful as a long one.”

    The New York Times

  • “You might begin this novel thinking you recognize the politician and his family therein, but by the end they become something much more magnificent, more mysterious, more empathizable, than the real-life figures they may or may not be based on. Another one-of-a-kind book by one of our most talented fiction writers.”

    —Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World

  • “Nicholas Montemarano holds up a mirror to our times in this profound meditation on the human cost of politics—a novel that bears reading and rereading.”

    —Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine

  • “In The Senator’s Children, Nicholas Montemarano weaves a fascinating and poignant tale about the Christie family and the effects of scandal, loyalty, love, and loss on both public and private lives.”

    —Jessica Treadway, author of How Will I Know You?

  • The Senator’s Children is at once wise and completely absorbing. Montemarano weaves his characters’ lives gorgeously through time, balancing heartbreak and levity. A joy to read.”

    —Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things

  • “This engrossing, brilliantly structured novel takes a familiar situation—the implosion of a presidential candidate’s career—and creates a thing of heartbreaking beauty out of it. . . . By asking whether forgiveness can conquer blame, and whether we might even be able to treat strangers like family, The Senator’s Children feels like exactly the kind of novel we need.”

    —Eric Puchner, author of Last Day on Earth