She is the author of several well-received novels. With her husband, Stephen J. Adler, she has edited two best-selling anthologies: Letters of the Century(The Dial Press) and Women's Letters (The Dial Press). Grunwald has also been a full-time editor and writer at the magazines Esquire, Avenue, and Life, and has freelanced for many others. Grunwald and Adler have two children named Elizabeth and Jonathan, and live in New York City. She is the daughter of the late Henry Grunwald, and the late Beverly Suser, and the sister of Mandy Grunwald.
Acclaim for The Irresistible Henry House
Like T.S. Garp, Forrest Gump or Benjamin Button, Henry House, the hero of Grunwald's imaginative take on a little known aspect of American academic life, has an unusual upbringing. Grunwald nails the era just as she ingeniously uses Henry and the women in his life to illuminate the heady rush of sexual freedom (and confusion) that signified mid-century life....Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review, Pick of the Week
Imaginatively picaresque and often gut-wrenching.... Alex Kuczynski, O, The Oprah Magazine, Six Books to Watch For
In March, Ms. Grunwald, 50, published her fifth novel, “The Irresistible Henry House,” an odyssey through mid-century boomer culture. The book, at 410 pages, is her most ambitious work, and has attracted comparisons to John Irving and E. L. Doctorow. It may be time to anoint Lisa Grunwald a power player in her own right. "Her True Colors New York Times review by Alex Williams.
Editors' Choice... New York Times Book Review
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Enthralling (!)... The Approval Matrix, New York Magazine
Surprising in scope & content, an extraordinary affair of the heart.... BookBrowse, Editors' Choice
A soaring, heartfelt novel that spans three decades and an entire continent. Grunwald creates a wholly original and all too human character in Henry House. Despite his quirks and shortcomings (or perhaps because of them), Henry is one of the most likable, relatable characters in recent memory.Amy Scribner, BookPage