Chicagoans of the Year in A&E
Our Arts & Entertainment critics and reporters pick Chicago's most important people of the year in music, books, theater, movies, dance and art.
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Gillian Flynn -- Books
A year ago this time, Gillian Flynn was just another former Entertainment Weekly TV critic turned Chicago author of murder-mysteries who lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and had already sold film rights to her first two novels ("Dark Places" and "Sharp Objects"). You know? C'mon, do something with yourself, sister! Then June arrived, and so did Flynn's blockbuster novel "Gone Girl."
Flynn, 41, not only became the literary story of Chicago, she became the literary breakout of the year. Know how you can tell?
She lives just two miles from where the story you're reading was to be typed up in early December. But, with her screenplay adaptation of "Gone Girl" ¿ about a bad marriage turned twisted (then turned demented) ¿ expected in less than 48 hours by Twentieth Century Fox (which paid a reported $1.5 million for the film rights), and her publisher expecting her to keep up the publicity push for "Gone Girl" (which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times best-sellers list), she sent a flurry of emails that read, frankly, frantic. She answered her phone on the first ring: "Hi! Thought you were a telemarketer! Then I was like, no, wait!"
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