Kathryn Davis

Hurst Writer in Residence
research interests:
  • Fiction Writing

contact info:

mailing address:

  • CB 1122
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Kathryn Davis is the award-winning author of seven novels. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University.

For more information, visit Kathryn Davis' department profile

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast

The Ghost in the Machine

Is there an invisible thread that connects humans to all life around us? Kathryn Davis explores what animates us and how the fantastical world she creates in her new novel, Duplex, isn't as far from reality as it first appears.



Time, place, and mind all bend in extraordinary ways in this new novel from the acclaimed author of The Thin Place and Versailles

Mary and Eddie are meant for each other—but love is no guarantee, not in these suburbs. Like all children, they exist in an eternal present; time is imminent, and the adults of the street live in their assorted houses like numbers on a clock. Meanwhile, ominous rumors circulate, and the increasing agitation of the neighbors points to a future in which all will be lost. Soon a sorcerer’s car will speed down Mary’s street, and as past and future fold into each other, the resonant parenthesis of her girlhood will close forever. Beyond is adulthood, a world of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters, bodies without souls. In Duplex, Kathryn Davis, whom the Chicago Tribune has called “one of the most inventive novelists at work today,” has created a coming-of-age story like no other. Once you enter the duplex—that magical hinge between past and future, human and robot, space and time—there’s no telling where you might come out.