Lisa Alther (b. 1944) is the bestselling author of five novels, among them the critically acclaimed Kinflicks, and a memoir, Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, one of five children in a close-knit family influenced by both its Southern and “Yankee” roots. After attending Wellesley College and working in book publishing, she moved to Vermont, where she began to write and raise her daughter. Alther currently divides her time among Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City.