I grew up in the green and rolling hills of the Midwest: my first love. Currently, I live with my husband and two children in Los Angeles, CA, where I teach writing at UCLA. I'm the author of the novels Evergreen (Knopf, 2014) and The Bird Sisters (Crown, 2011). My stories have appeared in or have won prizes from TriQuarterly, The Mid-American Review, Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. If I'm not teaching or writing or spending time with my family, you can find me out for a run, preferably on a hill under the bright California sun.