Elizabeth Graver grew up in Western Massachusetts in a house full of books and spent much of her childhood reading, writing, and playing imaginary games in the woods and fields around her house. She is the author of three previous novels, The Honey Thief, Unravelling, and Awake. Her short story collection, Have You Seen Me?, was awarded the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her stories and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; Best American Essays; and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she is a Professor of English at Boston College, where she has taught since 1993.
Married to a civil rights lawyer, Graver is the mother of two daughters. She lives with her family in an 18th century farmhouse in outside of Boston and spends time each summer in southeastern Massachusetts in a cabin on the coastal land that has been in her husband’s family for five generations and provided the seed for the fictional world of her new book. Some of the (many) authors that have informed and inspird her as a writer include Marilynne Robinson, Toni Morrison, Michael Ondaatje, James Agee, and--further back--Sarah Orne Jewett, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, Henry James, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Harriet Jacobs, and (still further back) John Donne.