I’m a fiction writer, the author of Patchwork, Between Earth and Sky, and The River Road. My new novel, Centerville, takes place in the small, invented town of Centerville, located in the Midwest. The town’s name was chosen because it’s a common name for a small town, especially in the Midwest, that lies at or near the center of a state. The invented town of Centerville resembles any small town in this area of the country in the 1960’s, when the book takes place. I have always gravitated toward small towns and have lived in them most of my life. Currently, I live in Amherst, Massachusetts, a small town at the edge of the Berkshires.
My novel, Patchwork, won a Notable Book of the Year Award from the New York Times. I’ve received grants from the Kentucky State Arts Councils and The Kentucky Foundation for Women. My stories and poetry have been published in many magazines including The Southern Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, and the Mid-American Review. My books have been widely reviewed, including in The Washington Post, U.S. Today, The New York Times, The Atlantic Constitution, and on NPR. I teach fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College and for Fairfield University’s M.F.A. program.