Helene Wecker grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, a tiny town north of Chicago, and graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English. She worked in marketing and communications in Minneapolis and Seattle after graduation before deciding she wanted to create something more than a press release. In order to obtain a master's degree in fiction writing at Columbia University, she relocated to New York. She now lives with her spouse and daughter near San Francisco.
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