is the author of the novel Once Upon a
River. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book
Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories American Salvage, which won the Foreword
Book of the Year award for short fiction. She is also author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She’s
received the AWP Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora
Welty Prize, and she has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship from the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.