Nina de Gramont

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Nina de Gramont
Occupation author and professor of English
Known for Her book, The Christie Affair, was a New York Times best seller

Nina de Gramont is an American author and professor of English.[1] De Gramont is an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

De Gramont met her husband, David Gessner, when she earned her Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[2] They both now work at the Wilmington campus of the University of North Carolina.

Her novel which is built around the real life disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie, The Christie Affair, quickly made it onto the The New York Times bestseller list, shortly after its publication, in 2022.[1] The novel was also chosen for Reese Witherspoon's book club.[3]


year title publisher notes
2022 The Christie Affair St. Martin's Press

Young mystery writer Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared, early in her marriage to her first husband, when she learned he was cheating on her.[1][3] This disappearance triggered massive press coverage, and other books and films have been based on the disappearance, and speculation as to what she was doing, during her disappearance. De Gramont's book differed from other accounts as it is narrated by Christie's husband's mistress.

2015 The Distance from Me to You Putnam's Sons

This is a "young adult" novel.[5] The heroes are two teenagers who meet, and fall in love, while hiking a very long wilderness trail, the Appalachian Trail. However, outside complications ensue, when they find their lives threatened.

Home Box Office optioned the broadcast rights in 2021.[5]

2015 The Last September Algonquin

According to Kirkus Reviews the book is "A moody murder mystery infused with love and grief—and a fascination with Emily Dickinson."[6]

2014 The Boy I Love Atheneum

A "young adult" novel about the friendship that develops after a young girl learns the handsome boy she had a crush on is gay.[7]

2013 Meet Me at the River Atheneum

A teenage girl copes with grief after her boyfriend dies.[8]

2013 Rogue Touch Kingswell

De Gramont was commissioned to write this novel, based on the Marvel Comics character, Rogue.[9]

2010 Every Little Thing in the World Atheneum

The young girl who is the hero of this story becomes pregnant by a boy she doesn't love, and doesn't tell anyone, only to get sent to a grueling wilderness camp, for other infractions.[10]

2008 Gossip of the Starlings Algonquin Books

An innocent girl feels lucky to be befriended by a popular and well-connected girl, at a private school, only to be led into debauchery.[11]

2007 Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion MacAdam Cage De Gramont edited this book
2002 Of Cats and Men Random House

A collection of ten short stories, each of which features a cat.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Elizabeth Egan. While Writing a Future Best Seller, Give It Room to Breathe, The New York Times, 2022-03-10. Retrieved on 2022-03-20. “Nina de Gramont is the author of eight books — four for young adult readers and four for grown-ups — but her latest novel, “The Christie Affair,” is her first New York Times best seller.”
  2. Clay Bonnyman Evans. CU Boulder alumni David Gessner and Nina de Gramont have succeeded both as authors and teachers, Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine, 2018-12-06. Retrieved on 2022-03-20. “De Gramont—who began her master’s degree in the University of Colorado Boulder creative writing program and completed it at UNCW—is an associate professor in the same department and has published eight works of fiction for both young adults and adults, including the novel The Last September.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Julia Tett. Reese Witherspoon’s 10 Best Book Club Picks, She Knows, 2022-03-04. Retrieved on 2022-03-20. “This novel is ideal for any true crime fan. The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont embellishes the true story of Agatha Christie’s disappearance. Told from the perspective of Christie’s husband’s mistress, this book is a total page-turner you won’t be able to put down.”
  4. Nina de Gramont: associate professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Retrieved on 2022-03-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mike Fleming Jr. New Line Nabs YA Novel ‘The Distance From Me To You’ For HBO Max; Sabrina Carpenter To Star, Tiffany Paulsen To Script, Deadline magazine, 2021-06-02. Retrieved on 2022-03-21. “In the novel, two teens running from very different lives meet and fall in love on the Appalachian Trail.”
  6. THE LAST SEPTEMBER - BY NINA DE GRAMONT ‧ RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 15, 2015, Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved on 2022-03-21. “Amoody murder mystery infused with love and grief—and a fascination with Emily Dickinson.”
  7. THE BOY I LOVE - BY NINA DE GRAMONT ‧ RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 2, 2014, Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved on 2022-03-21.
  8. MEET ME AT THE RIVER - BY NINA DE GRAMONT ‧ RELEASE DATE: OCT. 15, 2013, Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved on 2022-03-21. “One of this riveting novel’s most astonishing qualities is that it features a spectral character but avoids the clichés of many modern paranormal romances; it is instead a largely realistic tale of grief and healing.”
  9. Bridget LaMonica. Rogue Touch (Hyperion/Marvel) Book Review, Den of Geek, 2013-06-19. Retrieved on 2022-03-21. “Hyperion Books has launched a series of novels focusing on Marvel superheroines in solo adventures. The first, Rogue Touch, is out this week!”
  10. Every Little Thing in the World - BY NINA DE GRAMONT ‧ RELEASE DATE: MARCH 23, 2010, Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved on 2022-03-21.
  11. 2008-09-08. Gossip of the Starlings: Nina de Gramont, Author Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $22.95 (276p) ISBN 978-1-56512-565-0, Publishers' Weekly. Retrieved on 2022-03-21. “A symbol of idealistic American wholesomeness, Skye is quick to push the boundaries at the Esther Percy School, and soon she joins Catherine in a blur of drunken nights and cocaine binges.”
  12. Of Cats and Men: Stories: Nina De Gramont, Author, Nina de Gramont, Author Dial Press $19.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-385-33508-9, Publishers' Weekly, 2001-05-01. Retrieved on 2022-03-21.