Nationally recognized author and retired professor of English at North Carolina State University. Served on the NC State faculty from 1989 to 1998. The author of 9 novels, including Oral History, Saving Grace, and Fair and Tender Ladies, and 3 collections of short stories. Latest novel, The Last Girls, will be released in Fall 2002. Recipient of numerous honors, including a 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Considered one of the foremost authors of the South and the nation.