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“[Douglas Kennedy’s] intelligent novels walk the line between literary and commercial fiction, like Picoult’s. And just as she does, he constructs plots around hot button social issues.”

— Entertainment Weekly


The Dead Heart was the basis of the 1997 film Welcome to Woop Woop. Kennedy’s second novel, The Big Picture, a New York Times Bestseller, was a dark exploration of identity and self- entrapment set in Connecticut’s suburbs. It was adapted for film (L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie) and released in theaters in 2010, starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve.

The Woman in the Fifth, the story of a beleaguered professor who falls in love with a strange woman who isn’t the person she seems, was also adapted into film, and is scheduled for theatrical release in November 2011, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.