is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy,
and More Than it Hurts You
, and most recently a memoir Half a Life
. A recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes, Strauss has written screenplays for Disney, Gary Oldman, and Julie Taymor, and currently has a production deal with Sony Pictures Television. He is a Clinical Professor of Fiction at NYU's creative writing program. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries. Having recently finished a short stint as an opinion columnist at Al-Jazeera America, Strauss is beginning a recurring column about faith for Salon.