Lydia Millet (born December 5, 1968) is an American novelist and conservationist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors. Laura Miller of Salon has described Millet’s writing as “…always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself.” Millet has written books and stories that range from the philosophical to the satirical, on matters including the inventors of the atom bomb, political culture under George H.W. Bush, the discovery of mermaids in a coral reef and the crises of extinction and climate change. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children and works for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Awards and Honors
2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction for My Happy Life
2005 Arthur C. Clark Award shortlist for Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Love in Infant Monkeys
2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for Magnificence
2012Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for Magnificence
2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship