About the Author
SHELBY HEARON was born in Marion, Kentucky, lived for many years in Texas and New York, and now makes her home in Burlington, Vermont. She was the author of sixteen novels, including Footprints, Life Estates, and Owning Jolene, which won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award. She received an Ingram Merrill grant as well as fellowships for fiction from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and she twice won the Texas Institute of Letters fiction award. She died in 2016.