"Diane Johnson" is an American-born novelist and essayist whose satirical novels often feature American heroines living abroad in contemporary France.

She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Persian Nights in 1988.

Born in Moline, Illinois/Moline, Illinois, Johnson's recent books include Lulu in Marrakech (2008), L'Affaire (2003), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997), for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards/California Book Award gold medal for fiction. Her memoir Flyover Lives was released in January 2014.

She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since the mid-1970s. With filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Johnson co-authored the screenplay to The Shining (film)/The Shining (1980), based on the horror fiction/horror novel of the same name by Stephen King.

In 2003, Le Divorce, a film adaptation of her comedy of manners novel of the same name, was released. It was directed by James Ivory (director)/James Ivory and starred Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

Johnson currently divides her time between homes in Paris and San Francisco.

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I told him, the kids and I are leaving, ... And I wanted him to come, and he said he was going to stay.

I saw a white T-shirt and a blond head on the other side of the tree and honked the horn for about 10 seconds.

I don't know why in the world you would want to turn Cream Ridge into suburbia. I tell people it's the best kept secret in New Jersey.

I will miss being involved in the daily happening of young people and having the opportunity to see them mature.

A chaplain is trained to talk to anybody of any faith, not to become the patient's minister. My own religion doesn't need to enter the conversation. I'm there as a friend; I'm there for the patient.

But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it.

We have kids who are following the race in Italy, Australia, in Iceland, just everywhere. It's really exciting.

This is the first time it's been together. It's a big deal to us.

A chaplain's biggest gift is to be present and just listen.