Born in Virginia, William Elliott Hazelgrove was raised in Richmond, Baltimore, and Chicago. He attended Western Illinois University, where he received his master of arts degree in history. He settled in Chicago and began writing full-time. His first novel, Ripples, was published in 1992 and was awarded Editors’ Choice by the American Library Association. His second novel, Tobacco Sticks, is also available from Bantam Books. He currently lives in Chicago.
From the Hardcover edition.