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Noah Hawley

Author of Before the Fall

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About the Author

Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter and producer. Noah is the author of A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998), Other People's Weddings (2004), The Punch (2008), The Good Father (2012), and Before the Fall (2016). He also wrote the script show more for the feature film Lies and Alibis. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall (2016) 2,779 copies
The Good Father (2012) 541 copies
Anthem (2022) 261 copies
A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998) 149 copies
The Punch (2008) 82 copies
Other People's Weddings (2004) 65 copies
Legion: The Complete First Season (2017) — Creator — 33 copies
Fargo: The Complete Third Season (2014) — Creator — 20 copies
Fargo: This Is a True Story (2019) — Author — 19 copies
Legion: The Complete Second Season — Creator — 5 copies
Legion: The Complete Third Season — Creator — 4 copies
Lucy in the Sky [2019 Film] (2019) — Director — 3 copies
Fargo: The Complete Fourth Season — Creator — 2 copies
Düsüse 18 Kala (2000) 1 copy
Legion: The Complete Series — Creator — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 621 copies


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Sarah Lawrence College
Short biography
Noah Hawley is an American television writer and producer, screenwriter, and bestselling author, known for creating and writing the FX television series Fargo (2014–present) and Legion (2017–2019). Hawley earlier worked on the television series Bones (2005–2008), The Unusuals (2009), and My Generation (2010).

Hawley was born and raised in New York City, New York. His mother, Louise Armstrong, was a non-fiction writer and activist, and his maternal grandmother was a playwright. His father, Tom Hawley, was a businessman. He has a twin brother, Alexi, who is a writer for the television show The Following and the creator of State of Affairs.

Hawley graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in political science in 1989. He worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, dealing with cases involving child abuse and neglect. He later moved to San Francisco. He worked in computer programming at law firms and as a paralegal.

He has published five novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men (1998), Other People's Weddings (2004), The Punch (2008), The Good Father (2012), and Before the Fall (2016).



Half way through this “thriller”, waiting to be thrilled rather than bored. Weird tense changes, over the top descriptors ... not for me.
MahanaU | 206 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Excellent slow build story telling, person by person, piece by piece. Loved it.
beentsy | 206 other reviews | Aug 12, 2023 |
Rating; 3* of five

I voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice awards. It was the best of the lot in terms of other nominees I'd read.

I don't feel compelled to regurgitate the plot. I do feel compelled to say that the TV show LOST was ever-present in my thoughts as I read the book. Hawley's got a line-by-line ease with words, but his plot is so bog-standard that I was unimpressed by the end of the first third of the story.

And this was the best choice. 2016 wasn't a great mystery year for this mystery addict.… (more)
richardderus | 206 other reviews | Jun 10, 2023 |
Wow! Hawley covers so much in this action-packed novel which covers the way our world is now. Filled with believable characters (even the despicable ones). Petkoff does a great job of narration. The portrayal of how the media is willing to do anything for a story and truth is not important is what I see happening in our current times. Highly recommended!

FROM LIBBY: On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.
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Gmomaj | 206 other reviews | May 23, 2023 |



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