LYNN FREED is the author of seven novels, a collection of short stories, and an anthology of essays. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. The American Academy of Arts and Letters' inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in fiction, as well as two PEN/O. Henry awards, as well as a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. She was born in South Africa and currently resides in Northern California.