Cathleen Schine (born 1953) is an American author of several novels, including Rameau's Niece (1993).
Her first book was Alice in Bed (1983), which was followed by To The Birdhouse (1990), The Love Letter (1995) and The Evolution of Jane (1998). The Love Letter was filmed in 1999. Rameau's Niece was filmed as "The Misadventures of Margaret" starring Parker Posey. She Is Me was released in November 2005 and her work The New Yorkers: a novel reached publication early 2007. Her novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport, published in February 2010, was dubbed "compulsively readable" by Publishers Weekly. Fin & Lady was published in 2013.
Schine also wrote a Sunday Serial for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Dead and the Naked, which ran beginning September 9, 2007. One character, Miss Skattergoods, also appears in The Love Letter. Schine is also a distinguished essayist and literary critic whose work appears frequently in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and other publications. Her essay "Dog Trouble", which was originally published in The New Yorker, was included in The Best American Essays of 2005. Her novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do is forthcoming from FSG in 2016.
Reviewer Leah Rozen in People magazine dubbed her "a modern-day Jewish Jane Austen."
Her ex-husband is the New Yorker film critic David Denby. She left him for a woman after 18 years of marriage.