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Elizabeth Fama
Born (1965-03-30) March 30, 1965 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Author, novels and short stories
Genre Children's books, novels
Notable works Overboard, Monstrous Beauty

Elizabeth Fama is a young adult author, best known for her book Monstrous Beauty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012), a fantasy novel for teens. Her third book is Plus One, which published in April 2014.


Elizabeth attended University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She has a BA (1985) in biology with honors from the University of Chicago, and an MBA (1991) and PhD (1996) in economics and finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Eugene Fama. She is married to John H. Cochrane and together, they have four children.


  • Overboard, Cricket Books, Chicago (2002) ISBN: 9780812626520
  • Men Who Wish To Drown (e-book),, New York (2012) ISBN: 9781466827158
  • Monstrous Beauty, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York (2012) ISBN: 9780374373665
  • Noma Girl, Tor·Com, New York (2014) ISBN: 9781466866706
  • Plus One, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York (2014) ISBN: 9780374360078


The American Library Association included Monstrous Beauty on its 2013 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults, and it won a silver Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. It was also a 2012 Nerdies Book Award nominee. Fama's first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), was for ages 11 and up, and set in Indonesia. It was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (one of only eleven books selected unanimously by the committee that year), it received the 2002–2003 honor award for children's fiction from the Society of Midland Authors, and it was nominated for five state readers' choice awards (New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Florida).

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