Allegra Goodman

Allegra Goodman
Born 1967 (age 4849)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1989-current
Genre Literary fiction
Spouse David Karger

Allegra Goodman (born 1967) is an American author based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, The Cookbook Collector, was published in 2010. Goodman wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of seven.[1]

Early years and family

Goodman was raised a Conservative Jew[2] in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Punahou School in 1985. Goodman then went on to Harvard University, where she earned an A.B. degree and met her husband, David Karger. Both were regulars at Harvard Hillel, and prayed in Harvard Hillel Orthodox Minyan. They then went on to do graduate work at Stanford University, where Goodman earned a Ph.D. degree in English literature.[3] Her mother, the late Madeline Goodman, was a genetics and women's studies professor, then assistant vice president at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for many years, before moving on to Vanderbilt University in the 1990s.[4] Her father, Lenn E. Goodman,[5] is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt. Goodman's younger sister, Paula Fraenkel, is an oncologist. Fraenkel's experience in research labs is one of the inspirations for Goodman's 2006 novel Intuition.[6]

Her short story "La Vita Nuova" was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2011 and was broadcast on Public Radio International's Selected Shorts in February 2012.[7]

Goodman and Karger live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Karger is a professor in computer science[8] at MIT. They have four children, three boys and a girl.[9]




Short story collections


  1. Donnelly, David. "Novel tale of island prodigy". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
  2. "Dean Goodman remembered for leadership, spirit". Vanderbilt Register.
  3. "News". Allegra Goodman's website.
  4. "David R. Karger". MIT CSAIL Directory.

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