A. Manette Ansay grew up in Wisconsin among 67 cousins and over 200 second cousins. She is the author of six novels, including Good Things I Wish You (July, 2009) and Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Book Club selection, and Midnight Champagne, a finalist the the National Book Critics Circle award. In addition, she is the author of as a short story collection, Read This and Tell Me What It Says and a memoir, Limbo. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize, and two Great Lakes Book Awards. A Professor of English, she lives with her daughter in Florida where she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.