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Suzanne Berne

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uzanne Berne spent her early years on a horse farm in Warrenton, Virginia, before moving to Washington, DC, where her father taught courses on mythology at Georgetown University and her mother became a psychologist. After earning her B.A. in English at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and then an M.F.A. at the University of Iowas Writers Workshop, Suzanne lived for several years in California, where she held jobs ranging from a stint as a proofreader for the Hollywood Reporter to hostess at a San Francisco restaurant, while also writing for several newspapers and beginning to publish short stories. In 1986, she began teaching expository writing at Harvard University. During this period she was also reviewing for the New York Times Book Review and writing essays and articles for the Travel section. She has also published essays in numerous magazines, from Vogue and Allure to Ploughshares.
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1999) : A Crime in the Neighborhood