James W. Fuerst

James W. Fuerst was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, graduated cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University and earned his MA and PhD at Harvard University.

He wrote HUGE while living in London and now resides in Brooklyn, where he spends most of his free time thoroughly stymied by the most elementary aspects of DIY home renovation, to the great merriment of his beloved spouse and his haughty, corpulent cat. He recently delivered his second novel, THE TURNING OF THE WORLD.



"Fuerst's first novel is a bit of a coming-of-age tour de force that borrows some of the tone and attitude of hard-boiled detective fiction while giving its first-person narrator an irresistible noirish, wise-guy voice, which means that this kid has got some mouth on him. But his search for whodunit, which turns into a search for self and sense in a world that's smaller than it should be, is always engrossing. HUGE will occupy a, yes, huge place in readers' affections and memories." - Booklist (starred review)

"Fuerst demonstrates a sensitive ear for contemporary teen talk, delicacy at handling the amusingly contentious relationship between Huge and his older sister and mom, and skill at conveying a child's-eye view of the world that is full of nostalgia, humor, candor and emotions that all readers can relate to." - Publishers Weekly

Watch a video interview with James Fuerst about his debut novel HUGE: