Eve Ottenberg


Eve Ottenberg has published eighteen novels and a collection of short stories. Her most recent novel is Carbon, published under the Three Bluebirds Press imprint. Sanctuary City followed Hometown U.S.A. and Tainted Water, all also published under the Three Bluebirds Press imprint, while Homegrown was published in 2017 by AuthorHouse. The novel Sunset at Dawn, fourth and final in The Human Struggle series after The Race of Men, Zone of Illusion and Realm of Shadow, was published, along with the rest of the series, by AmericaStarBooks. Sojourn at Dusk was published by the Plain View Press, while the novels Dark Is the Night, The Walkout: A Tale in Three Parts, Suburbia and Reluctant Reaper were published in 2011 and 2012 by PublishAmerica. Previously, her novel, Dead in Iraq, was published in 2008 by the Plain View Press. Her collection, What They Didn't Know, Stories and Essays, was published by PublishAmerica eight years ago. Glum and Mighty Pagans, The Widow's Opera and The Unblemished Darlings were all published by AuthorHouse some years back. She had a short story, "What Came Back," published in Garbanzo Literary Journal, and previously had a short story, "The Bibliophile" published in The Rockhurst Review, "The Cat Society" in The Cutthroat Review, "The Rescue" in Wild Violet, and "The Newborn" in Languageandculture.net. Her essay on Don Quixote was published in the journal of the Sacred Fools Press. She gave a reading from Glum and Mighty Pagans at the invitation of PEN. Her fiction was previously represented by the literary agent, Candida Donadio, who has since, unfortunately, passed away. She has written a weekly column, “Hard Times” for The Village Voice, about the politics of housing in Manhattan. She also covered the criminal courts for the Voice. Her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Nation, The New Yorker’s “Briefly Noted” section, The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, In These Times and many other venues. She has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Working Mother, Truthout, labornotes and other magazines and newspapers and has worked as an editor at several publications. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and another master's from the University of Maryland. She is married, has three children and resides in Maryland.

Selected Works

This comedy about a twenty-something making his way in the idiot world of climate change denial, satirizes the buffoonery, lies and greed impeding solutions to the problem of global warming
A novel about the struggles of undocumented immigrants in today's United States.
A novel about life in fracking country.
A novel about the human cost of a water crisis in a low-income city.
When two suburban retirees decide to go into the marijuana trade for extra spending money, it doesn't take long for things to go haywire, in this novel which could be called a comic meditation on mental illness.
This fourth and final volume in the series "The Human Struggle," reveals much about the causes of the war off-world, in which angels assist fighters in their battle against humanity's fascist enemies. It also traces the skullduggery of an enemy corporation here on earth, as it maneuvers to speed the planet's demise.
The third in the sci-fi fantasy trilogy, "The Human Struggle," this novel follows the fighters, Detective Orozco, head of the transuniverse orphanage, and Pavel Saltwater, computer genius. Both are heroes from the previous books.
Second in "The Human Struggle" series, this is a sci-fi fantasy about the collapse of an alternate reality and the human effort to avert it.
A sci-fi fantasy about a war of the worlds, and the human struggle to survive it.
A novel about a group of hippies, radicals and political activists in the 1960s and how they changed or did not in the ensuing decades.
This murder story, set in a great but second-rate East Coast city during the 1960s, portrays society from the top to its dregs, people fighting to survive, while struggling against powerful, ambiguous forces, deep within the human soul.
This tale of a teachers' strike pits beleaguered public workers against an ambitious official and the business model of education.
These stories and essays, a number previously published, make for a collection that is various and compelling.
A comic novel in dialogue about a group of daffy suburbanites and how they get tangled up with each other
A comic novel about a group of well-heeled ninnies who band together in a "not in my backyard" effort.
A novel about the human costs of the Iraq war.
A comic novel about a group of bumblers with a get-rich-quick scheme.
A dark drama about murder and betrayal in New York City in the 1950s.
A comic novel about real estate in Manhattan.