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Tim O'Brien has been hailed as "the best American writer of his generation" by the San Francisco Examiner. The author of eight books, O'Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel "Going After Cacciato." In 2005 "The Things They Carried" was named by The New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of "The Things They Carried" received the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and the title story was selected by John Updike for inclusion in "The Best American Short Stories of the Century." "In the Lake of the Woods," published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. O'Brien's other works include "If I Die in a Combat Zone," "Northern Lights," "Tomcat in Love" and "July, July." His short fiction, which has received the National Magazine Award, has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy and Harper's.