Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, DC, where her family has lived for four generations. In 1979, in Oxford, Mississippi, she and her husband opened Square Books—Publishers Weekly‘s 2013 Bookstore of the Year. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. Her writing has appeared in Garden & Gun and the Oxford American. This is her first novel.