Tama Janowitz is an icon. Her 1989 story collection, The Slaves of New York, was published to great acclaim and made Janowitz a celebrity. The book was a huge bestseller and later a film. She was one of the writers known collectively in the 1990's as The Literary Brat Pack. Her 1999 novel, A Certain Age, is a modern retelling of Edith Wharton's literary classic, The House of Mirth. The author Augusten Burroughs frequently cites A Certain Age as one of his all-time favorite books. Tama Janowitz is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Writers fellowship, an Elizabeth Janeway Fiction Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Her most recent work is, Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction.