About the author

Age: 70.

Background: Grew up in Mississippi, studied in the Midwest and California. Former English teacher, sportswriter. Lives in Maine and New York City. Teaches literature at Columbia University. Won Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1995.

Selected novels, story collections

"A Piece of My Heart" (1976)

"The Sportswriter" (1986)

"Rock Springs" (1987)

"Wildlife" (1990)

"Independence Day" (1995)

"The Lay of the Land" (2006)

"Canada" (2012)

"Let Me Be Frank With You" (2014)