An American fiction writer and philosopher, she wrote five novels, like the Dark Sister (1993) and Properties of Light (2000). She was the receiver of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. After graduating from Barnard University, she gained her Ph.D. from Princeton University or college. She received the Country wide Jewish Book Honor on her behalf 1995 book, Mazel. She grew up in White colored Plains, NY. She later wedded cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker. She analyzed under Thomas Nagel at Princeton University or college.