Thomas Moran


I like listening to music (and always do while I'm writing, as well as for relaxation). My tastes range from Couperin to Beethoven to Gorecki in classical, to Fourties swing bands such as Glenn Miller and The Dorsey Brothers, and the latest indie rock on Radio Woodstock, WDST.
I very much enjoy out-of-the-mainstream cinema, especially the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski ( La Double Vie de Veronique, Red, White, Blue, The Decalogue) and some of the recent work that is coming out of the former Yugoslavia and Russia.

Combining interests in travel, research and interviewing people, I'm also an amateur but systematic military, political and cultural historian of 20th century Europe.


As often as I can manage, I go to Italy to climb in the Dolomite Alps.
At least once a year, my 7-year-old son and I go to my wife's hometown in the Austrian Alps to ski.
We also enjoy reef snorkling in the Caribbean, along the Yucatan Coast, and on Australia's Great Barrier.

And in Woodstock, I am constantly building dry-stone walls and cedar fences on my property.


A constant reader for decades, I count Joseph Conrad (especially the novel "Nostromo"), Ford Maddox Ford ("Parade's End"), Heinrich Boll ("Group Portrait with Lady"), Gunter Grass ("Dog Years" and "Local Anaesthetic"), Italo Svevo (Confessions of Zeno"), Giuseppe di Lampedusa ("The Leopard"), Joseph Roth ("The Radetzky March" and "The Emperor's Tomb"), Robert Musil ("The Man Without Qualities"), Gregor von Rezzori ("Memoirs Of An Anti-Semite"), John Berger ("To The Wedding"), Thomas Keneally ("Gossip From The Forest"), and Thomas Pynchon ("Gravity's Rainbow" and "Mason & Dixon") among those authors who have had the most impact on my thinking, and my writing.


Thomas Moran was born and raised near Baltimore. In high school he lettered in varsity lacrosse and wrestling, and continued his education at the University of Maryland and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, though he did not continue the sports.
At twenty-eight, after five years as a journalist, he earned a Pulitzer nomination in investigative reporting for a series of stories on Mafia activities in New York City.
Moran's debut novel, THE MAN IN THE BOX, was a finalist in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series in 1997, and won the Stephen Crane Award for Best First Fiction.
His second, THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER, was a critically-acclaimed nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's largest fiction prize. WATER, CARRY ME, his third, was also nominated for the IMPAC Dublin prize.
In 2001, Moran was awarded the prestigious Tennesse Williams Fellowship by the University of the South, home of The Sewanee Review (the oldest literary review in America) and the annual Sewanee Writers' Conference.
His fourth novel, WHAT HARRY SAW was published in 2002. ANJA THE LIAR is his fifth.
Moran's novels have been translated and published in German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese. They have also been published in the U.K. by Allison&Busby London House, and in Australia by Allen&Unwin.

Moran and his family divide their time between Woodstock, N.Y., New York City, and Europe.

Literary Novels

"An illusion-free zone of fiction. Nuanced and stark. 'Anja the Liar' is a profound book that could not be more relevant." -Seattle Times
"Delivers a difficult but engrossing message through a distinctive voice." -Washington Post Book World
"The hynotic story of Una Moss, whose steely intelligence and guiless heart make her one of the most remarkable characters to grace fiction's pages." -Washington Post Book World
"Now, to 'A Farewell to Arms' and 'The English Patient', add another memorable star-crossed Red Cross romance: Thomas Moran's second novel." -Walter Kirn in TIME
"As in 'The Diary of Anne Frank', the blend of confinement, sexual awakening and cruelty in this novel makes for a potent and unblinking coming-of-age tale." -The New Yorker