Alice McDermott (fiction) is the author of eight novels: A Bigamist’s Daughter (Random House); That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, Child of My Heart, After This, Someone, and The Ninth Hour (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, she received the National Book Award in 1998 for Charming Billy. Her articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Corrington Award for Literature, the American Book Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. She is currently the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland.