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With Divorce MacKenzie Bezos Erases 'Wholesome Cipher' Image For That Of Writer

MacKenzie Bezos née Tuttle grew up in Northern California and graduated from Princeton University. There, she served as a research assistant to famed novelist Toni Morrison, who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1987's "Beloved" and the Nobel Prize in 1993, who described her as “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes ... really one of the best.” She met her future husband at management investment firm at D. E. Shaw, New York where Jeff Bezos, a computer scientist by training, had become a senior vice president. She was enamoured with his laugh, and as she was to say later: “It was love at first listen.” They married six months after she asked him out to lunch in 1993, he was 30; she 23. A year later, they moved to Seattle to found Amazon, where she became an accountant and one of the first employees for the then-internet bookseller. She raised their four children. Until five years ago, she dropped Bezos off at work in their Honda after they took their kids to school. In her 2005 debut novel, “The Testing of Luther Albright,” which won her an American Book Award, she “captures the extraordinary in the ordinary, revealing a startling talent for naturalism,” according to Publishers Weekly. It tells the story of an engineer whose professional and home lives begin to unravel in the 1980s. Her second book “Traps” followed in 2013. Both books were released by traditional imprints, Harper and Knopf, respectively, not Amazonian ones: Bezos has referred to his wife as “the fish that got away!” The good tiding in the divorce news is that it helped foreground her identity as a writer instead of the wholesome cipher image of her so far in the public eye.