Born 1960 in Srirangam, India. Grew up in St. Louis, MO and Rockland County, NY. Attended Stella Maris College; Graduate of Vassar College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Helped by fellowships from The North County Paden Institute for Writers of Color; The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College; The W.K. Rose Foundation at Vassar College; and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Three novels from Alfred A. Knopf: The Journey (1990); Inheritance (1998); and As Sweet As Honey (2013). English-language editions from HarperCollinsIndia, Secker & Warburg UK, & Vintage UK. Translations in French; German; Greek; and Japanese. Selected as one of 52 Finalists in Granta’s 1995 Best Young American Novelists under Forty campaign for The Journey. Inheritance was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book. Essays and short fiction in Antaeus, Black Renaissance, Bombay Gin, Half and Half: Writers on Biracialism & Biculturalism, Glamour, Mississippi Review, and Newsday-Long Island.
Taught fiction writing and essay writing at Vassar College; University of Missoui-Columbia; University of California-San Diego; University of California-Santa Cruz; Long Island University- Southampton; Lesley University; New College of California; the University of Colorado-Boulder; Naropa University; and at Emerson College.
Believes one can never read too much.