McIlvain, Ryan

Ryan McIlvain is the author of the novel “Elders.”

T,C. Boyle calls it “a nuanced meditation on faith and commitment that has all the intensity of a stage play. ‘Elders’ is a powerful and deeply moving debut from a gifted young writer.”

Aimee Bender adds that “‘Elders’ is layered and fascinating, with a complex human drama that plays out beautifully — these are memorable characters, and McIlvain shows them to us with compassion and honesty both.”

His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications, including the Paris Review.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.