William Giraldi’s memoir, The Hero’s Body, is a meditation on, among other things, masculinity, mortality, and his father. He is currently working on a companion memoir about his relationship with his mother, also growing out of his working-class Italian-American roots in his native New Jersey.
As a novelist, Giraldi is author most recently of Hold the Dark, now a Netflix film starring Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, and James Badge Dale. His debut novel was Busy Monsters.
He is the also author of the 2018 volume of critical essays American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring. All four of his books have been published by W.W. Norton. His essays and reviews appear frequently in venues such as The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Commonweal. He is Master Lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University and lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife and sons.