An American fiction writer and playwright, she actually is most widely known for such novels as Vanished and AN UNHEALTHY Woman. She also penned a dilemma that targets the life span of Mary Todd Lincoln. She spent a decade composing her first book, Vanished, that was finally released in 1988. She was a finalist for both National Book Prize as well as the Pencil/Faulkner Prize for Fiction. With her hubby, Mike, she acquired five children. She actually is often in comparison to John Steinbeck.