PERSONAL: Born in Tulsa, OK; married; children: two. Education: Attended Washington University.
ADDRESSES: Home—Chicago, IL. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Agate Publishing, 1501 Madison St., Evanston, IL 60202.
CAREER: Chicago Review, Chicago, IL, former editor-in-chief and fiction editor.
Looped (novel), Agate Publishing (Evanston, IL), 2004.
SIDELIGHTS: Andrew Winston, a former editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review, set his debut novel, Looped, in his adopted home city. The title refers to the downtown Chicago area called "The Loop," which got its name from the elevated train that encircles it. Wilson's novel follows a number of characters through their daily routine, including a Vietnamese high-school student, a middle-class African-American postman, and a gay chef, among others. He examines the ways in which relationships are formed and broken, and the surprising bonds that can form between people. Debi Lewis, in a review for Booklist, commented that "the places in Winston's Chicago subtly become characters in themselves, as much a part of the story as the people." Writing for Library Journal, Christine Perkins appreciated how "the author avoids melodrama" and concluded that the book is an "engrossing" read.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, February 15, 2005, Debi Lewis, review of Looped, p. 1063.
Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2005, review of Looped, p. 147.
Library Journal, February 15, 2005, Christine Perkins, review of Looped, p. 122.
Publishers Weekly, February 7, 2005, review of Looped, p. 42.
Agate Publishing Web site, http://www.agatepublishing.com/ (October 25, 2005), "Andrew Winston."
Beatrice.com, http://www.beatrice.com/ (October 25, 2005), "Andrew Winston."
New City Chicago.com, http://www.newcitychicago.com/ (October 25, 2005), "Andrew Winston."