Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of eleven previous books, including five novels and the memoirs *Note Found in a Bottle* and *Home Before Dark*. Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Author's Guild Council. She writes a weekly column for Newsday and teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program.