Tama Janowitz
Tama Janowitz is an American
United States
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ist and a short story writer. The 2005 September/October issue of Pages
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magazine listed her as one of the four "brat pack"
Brat Pack (literary)
The expression "literary Brat Pack" refers to the three young, East-coast American authors, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney, who emerged in USA in the 1980s...

 authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis
Bret Easton Ellis
Bret Easton Ellis is an American novelist and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 different languages. He was regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney...

, Mark Lindquist
Mark Lindquist
Mark Lindquist is an American novelist and lawyer.- Books background :His books are known for mixing literature with pop culture. His first two novels, Sad Movies and Carnival Desires, were insider depictions of Los Angeles and the movie business, while his third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, did the...

 and Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney
John Barrett McInerney Jr. is an American writer. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City; Ransom; Story of My Life; Brightness Falls; and The Last of the Savages...



Her parents, a psychiatrist
A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. All psychiatrists are trained in diagnostic evaluation and in psychotherapy...

 father, Julian Janowitz, and literature professor mother, Phyllis Janowitz, divorced when she was ten. She grew up with her mother in Massachusetts
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She graduated from Barnard College
Barnard College
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 with a B.A. in 1977, and from Hollins College with a M.A. in 1979.

She studied at the Columbia University School of the Arts
Columbia University School of the Arts
The Columbia University School of the Arts , also known simply as the School of the Arts or as SoA, is the division of the university that offers Master of Fine Arts degrees in Film, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, and Writing, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies...

 and started writing about life in New York City
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, where she had settled down.
She socialized with Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
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 and became well-known in New York's literary and social circles.
Her 1986
1986 in literature
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 collection of short stories
Short story
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, Slaves of New York brought her wider fame. Slaves of New York
Slaves of New York
Slaves of New York is a 1989 comedy-drama Merchant Ivory Productions film. It was directed byJames Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant, and starred Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Mercedes Ruehl, Madeleine Potter, and Steve Buscemi.Based on the stories Slaves...

was adapted into a 1989
1989 in film
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  film directed by James Ivory
James Ivory (director)
James Francis Ivory is an American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born film producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala...

 and starring Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
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. Janowitz wrote the screenplay and also appeared, playing Peters' friend.

Janowitz has published seven novels, one collection of stories and one work of non-fiction.
She lives in Brooklyn
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 with her husband, Tim Hunt, and their daughter.


  • 1975 Bread Loaf Writers fellowship
  • 1976; 1977 Janoway Fiction prize
  • 1982 National Endowment award


  • American Dad, Crown, 1981, ISBN 9780517565735; Picador, 1988, ISBN 9780330302678
  • Slaves of New York Crown Publishers, 1986
    1986 in literature
    The year 1986 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:*Michael Grade. Controller of BBC One, axes plans to televise Ian Curteis's The Falklands Play.-New books:*Kingsley Amis - The Old Devils...

    , ISBN 9780517561072
  • A Cannibal in Manhattan Washington Square Press, July 1988, ISBN 9780671665982
  • The Male Cross-Dresser Support Group, Crown Publishers, 1992, ISBN 9780517586983; Simon and Schuster, 1994, ISBN 9780671871505
  • By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee
    By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee
    By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee is a satirical novel by Tama Janowitz about the Slivenowiczes, a trailer park trash family who are forced to leave their home in a polluted swamp area in upstate New York By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee (1996) is a satirical novel by Tama Janowitz about the...

    Crown Publishers, 1996, ISBN 9780517702987
  • A Certain Age Doubleday, 1999; Anchor Books, 2000, ISBN 9780385496117
  • Hear that?, Illustrator Tracy Dockray, SeaStar Books, 2001, ISBN 9781587170744
  • Peyton Amberg, Bloomsbury, 2003, ISBN 9780747561385; Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 9780312318451
  • They Is Us, The Friday Project Limited, 2008, ISBN 9781906321123


  • Area Code 212, Bloomsbury, 2002, ISBN 9780747558286; Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 9780312320638

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