Lisa Alther is the author of six novels -- KINFLICKS, ORIGINAL SINS, OTHER WOMEN, BEDROCK, FIVE MINUTES IN HEAVEN, and WASHED IN THE BLOOD. She has also written two memoirs (KINFOLKS and ABOUT WOMEN, with co-author Francoise Gilot), a novella (BIRDMAN AND THE DANCER), a collection of short stories (STORMY WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES) and a narrative history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud (BLOOD FEUD). These books have been published in seventeen languages and have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide, four on the New York Times list. Alther was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1944. She currently lives in Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City.