Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld (born 1975) is an American writer. She is author of four novels: Prep, the tale of a Massachusetts prep school; The Man of My Dreams, a coming-of-age novel and an examination of romantic love; American Wife, a fictional story loosely based on the life of First Lady Laura Bush, Sisterland, which tells the story of identical twins with psychic powers, and the forthcoming Eligible, which is a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice, as well as a number of short stories.
Sittenfeld was born August 23, 1975 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second of four children (three girls and a boy). Her mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Curtis (Bascom), is an art history teacher and librarian at Seven Hills School, a private school in Cincinnati, and her father, Paul George Sittenfeld, is an investment adviser. Her brother, P.G., is a member of the Cincinnati City Council. She is of "half-Catholic, half-Jewish" background.
She attended Seven Hills School through the eighth grade, then attended high school at Groton School, a boarding school in Groton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1993. In 1992, the summer before her senior year, she won Seventeen magazine's fiction contest. She frequently vacationed in the small Massachusetts town of Westport in a large house near the ocean. She began writing by chronicling the stories of her family in the guest book which was kept at the house...
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