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Gillian Flynn (born 1971) is an American author and former television critic for Entertainment Weekly. As of 2012, she has published three novels: Sharp Objects (2006), Dark Places (2009), and Gone Girl (2012).
Flynn, also referred to as Corman, lives in Chicago and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Flynn's parents were both college professors, one taught English and one taught film. She graduated from the University of Kansas, and earned a Master's degree from Northwestern University. She is married and has one son.
In 2007, Sharp Objects was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories. Flynn has been contracted to write the script for a film adaptation of Gone Girl after 20th Century Fox purchased the film rights for $1.5 million.
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