Women are in transition all their lives, or at least I find that I am. I have returned temporarily to Cape Cod, where the landscape of the sand and sea still captures my breath. I am working on a new novel which features characters from my previous one. My blog records field notes from the Cape, with writing, books, and coffee. Here is some of what happened previously:
I was born in 1960 in Srirangam, India, and came for kindergarten and first grade in St. Louis, MO. My family moved to Rockland County, NY, where I continued studying at the local schools. Returning to India, for a year studying Fine Arts at Stella Maris College in Madras, now Chennai, I graduated from Vassar College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I had two years at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA as a Fellow (1984-860, and stayed another year to finish my first novel. I worked for the artist Myron Stout as a secretary and reader, and later worked in an art gallery. My first novel, The Journey, set on the fictional Island of Pi, was accepted for publication in 1987 by Alfred A. Knopf, and came out in 1990.
I became a gypsy college teacher, in the midwest and California, and my second novel, Inheritance, came out from Secker and Wartburg, UK in 1997, and from Knopf in 1998. I held a Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College in MA at that time.
While teaching in Southampton, Long Island, I began As Sweet As Honey and completed it in Boulder, CO. It came out when I moved back to Provincetown after winning an affordable housing residency for former Work Center Fellows by lottery. It came out from Knopf in 2013.
English-language editions of my books are variously available from Vintage Books, Beacon Press, Random House e-books, HarperCollinsIndia, Secker & Warburg UK, & Vintage UK. Translations appear in French, German, Greek, and Japanese.
The Journey was selected as one of 52 Finalists in Granta’s 1995 Best Young American Novelists under Forty campaign. Inheritance was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book.
I teach fiction writing and literature at Emerson College. Previously, I taught at Naropa University; University of Colorado-Boulder; New College of California; Lesley University; Long Island University-Southampton; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of California-San Diego; University of Missouri-Columbia and Vassar College.
In addition to the Bunting, I am grateful for fellowships from The North County Paden Institute for Writers of Color; Ingraham The W.K. Rose Fellowship at Vassar College; The MacDowell Colony; and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.