About the Author
Anita Desai, an Indian novelist and short story writer, is especially noted for her sensitive portrayal of the inner life of her female characters. Desai made her debut in 1963 with Cry, The Peacock. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Academy of Letters in Delhi and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Desai has taught at Girton College and Smith College in England, and at Mount Holyoke College in the United States. In 1993 she became a creative writing teacher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. She received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982) and the 1978 National Academy of Letters Award for Fire on the Mountain. She has won the International Prize - Una Vita per la letterature (a life for literature) for her body of works under the Italian Grinzane Cavour awards.