The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2015

Tracy O’Neill

The Hopeful

(Ig Publishing)

Selected by Fiona Maazel

Tracy O'NeillAbout the Author

Tracy O'Neill lives in Brooklyn. In 2012, she was awarded a NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship by the Center for Fiction. Her novel The Hopeful was published in June 2015, and her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Granta, The Literarian, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Promethean. You can read her nonfiction in The Atlantic, Grantland, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, and She currently teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the City College of New York.

About the Book

A figure skating prodigy, sixteen-year old Alivopro Doyle is one of a few "hopefuls" racing against nature's clock to try and jump and spin their way into the Olympics. But when a disastrous fall fractures two vertebrae, leaving Ali addicted to painkillers and ultimately institutionalized, it's not just her dreams of glory that get torn asunder, but the very fabric that holds her fragile family together.

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Fiona MaazelAbout 5 Under 35 Selecting author

Fiona Maazel is the author of the novels Last Last Chance, Woke Up Lonely, and, forthcoming, What Kind of Man.