Lisa Alther lived in Kingsport, Tennessee until she went to Wellesley College and earned her BA in English Literature. She is the author of five novels: Kinflicks, Original Sins, Other Women, Bedrock and Five Minutes in Heaven. Each of her novels have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide and have been translated into French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Hungarian, Slovene, Greek, Turkish, and Spanish. The first three novels were featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the five novels combined have sold over six million copies. A novella entitled Birdman of the Dancer, based on a series of monotypes by the French artist Francoise Gilot, has been published in Holland, Denmark, and Germany. Alther’s novels are studied in university courses in English Literature, Southern Literature, Appalachian Literature, Women’s Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. Although she has lived in both London and Paris, she currently divides her time between Vermont, where she has lived for thirty years and raised her daughter, and New York City.