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Jenefer Shute

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About Jenefer Shute

Jenefer Shute is the author of the novels Life-Size and Sex Crimes. A novelist, editor, and recovering academic, now happily back in Cape Town after far too many years in the US of A.

Shute has published 4 novels–Life-Size, Sex Crimes, Free Fall, and User ID—with a 5th in the works, Other Animals. Her work has been translated into 9 languages, and both Sex Crimes and User ID have been optioned for feature films. Shorter pieces have appeared in 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11 and A City Imagined: Cape Town and the Meanings of a Place, edited by Stephen Watson.

Jenefer Shute has a Ph.D in literature from the University of California, and, until recently, served as Professor in the Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York. There, she taught literature and creative writing in the MFA programme, under the direction of Peter Carey. She has also taught at Emerson College in Boston; at the University of Cape Town (where she received her undergraduate degree in English, about a million years ago); and, most recently, at the University of Paris.

As a journalist and critic, Shute has published widely in such publications as Harpers, the Nation,, the Guardian, the Boston Review, and Modern Fiction Studies. Her critical essays on Nabokov appear in, among others, The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, and Lolita: A Casebook (OUP, 2002).

Jenefer Shute is an experienced editor of fiction, having worked extensively with both published and unpublished writers. She also has an excellent track record as a coach/consultant/kicker-in-the-pants, for any writer in need of such services.


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