HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Hannah Pittard

Author of The Fates Will Find Their Way


  • The Fates Will Find Their Way
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction Writing
  • Fiction Workshop


Illinois, Virginia

Hannah Pittard's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, The Oxford American, The Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, and StoryQuarterly, and was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. Her debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way (Ecco), has been praised by The Washington Post as "a wistful novel about how little we know of one another" and by O, The Oprah Magazine as "A stunning novel about making up stories as we go along...[a] mesmerizing debut." The book was also listed among the 10 best fiction titles of 2011 by Hudson Booksellers, and was one of Chicago magazine's Best Chicago Fiction of 2011. A perfect speaker for colleges and libraries, as well as common reading programs across the country, Pittard's presentations are imbued with the same poise and prose found in her novel.

The Fates Will Find Their Way begins with the disappearance of 16-year-old Nora Lindell. As the days and years add up, the mystery surrounding her disappearance lingers. The boys who befriended, revered, and lusted after her find themselves caught forever in the heady current of her absence. Their conflicting eyewitness accounts, told in the voice of an omniscient collective narrator (referred to only as "We") run up against divergent suspicions and projections, renewed regularly by sworn glimpses of the elusive Nora and the rumors they, in turn, inspire.

Born in Atlanta in 1978, Pittard moved with her family to Maryland when she was 13. She spent her first two years of college at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, finishing school at the University of Chicago. After a four-year stint in Savannah teaching high school (part time) and working for a small newspaper (full time), she moved to Charlottesville, VA, for grad school in 2004, staying put until 2010 when she accepted a position teaching fiction at DePaul University. She is the recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award and the 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Pittard is now Consulting Editor at Narrative Magazine.

Praise for The Fates Will Find Their Way:

"[Pittard] offers a story about the dark matter of adolescent desire that pulls on the heart across decades. It's a wistful novel about how little we know of one another, but how eager we are to tape together a collage of rumors, assumptions and fantasies to answer questions we're too young, too cowardly or too polite to ask...The Fates Will Find Their Way is chilling and touching...Pittard can be harrowingly wise about the melancholy process of growing up...In Pittard's absorbing treatment, the tragedy of Nora's disappearance is eventually subsumed into the tragedies we all endure."
-- The Washington Post

"Though on the surface this seems to be a novel about a girl's disappearance, at its core it's about how children become adults."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"A stunning novel about making up stories as we go along...[a] mesmerizing debut...with every carefully chosen word -- and in this short, intense novel, each one counts -- Pittard brilliantly draws us into the maturing consciousness of a group of neighborhood boys."
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"She's undoubtedly a writer to watch, if this thoughtful, nuanced debut about a lost girl and her lost boys is anything to go by."
-- The Guardian

"The Fates Will Find Their Way is concerned with searching questions rather than the relief of resolution. What might have been a frustrating approach in a lesser novel proves compelling in this one."
-- The Boston Globe