Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction, most recently her novel WE GOT HIM, and the librettist of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA, which has drawn major media coverage and which has been produced in Boston, Chicago, LA, Portland OR and at New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her previous books are: her novel GIRL HELD IN HOME, as well as CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece’; A FOUR-SIDED BED, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award, and MY BODY TO YOU, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE was produced as a short film, with script by Elizabeth. A FOUR-SIDED BED is now in development as a feature film. WE GOT HIM came out in audiobook in 2018. Elizabeth's theater works have been featured in stories on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more. Her TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA was a sold-out full production show at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). The rock opera had a 2018 NYC concert event featuring Broadway performers, with a CD out from Broadway Records; the show has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has generated worldwide media attention.
“Elizabeth Searle is an electric talent and We Got Him is a highly charged, vividly written page turner. Set amidst the 2013 Boston bomber manhunt, Searle's intimate narrative captures both female and male experiences of sex and birth, joy and terror. Testing taboo limits, tuned to our Pop Culture pulsebeat, Searle creates a spellbinding tale for our times..”
““Elizabeth Searle has long worked the intersection of spectacle and news. She wrote the libretto for “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera,” a story of Olympic skating and scandal that has played in several cities to critical acclaim…For her new novel, “We Got Him,” Searle homes in on the manhunt that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, around which she weaves the tale of a troubled family. A versatile, darkly comic writer, Searle brings a pulsing, kinetic quality to her work.” JOAN SILVERMAN, THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALDCheck out recent media coverage of Elizabeth in the NYT & more on the Media & More page