Author: Lisa Alther
Profile: Lisa Alther is an American author and novelist. She studied in public schools and completed her graduation from Wellesley College in 1996 with a B.A. in English Literature. She has written two non-fiction books, including Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance and Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree – the Search for My Melungeon Ancestors.
Lisa Alther was born in Kingsport, Tennessee and resided in London between 1978 and 1980. After she became friends with Doris Lessing, writer, she took greater interest in the novel Kinflicks, which Doris assisted her in publishing the novel in London. She developed more contacts with publishers like Bob Gottlieb at the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf and Idries Shah the teacher, thinker and writer of Sufi mysticism. Alther read the teaching stories and Sufi classical works of Idries Shah and also wrote reviews for his books.
She resided for 5 decades at Vermont and taught Southern fiction at East Tennessee State University and at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. She has lived in Paris and London and presently divides her time among New York City, Vermont and East Tennessee.
Writing style: Lisa Alther in her writings aims at exploring the reality of humans behind cultural stereotypes, especially those related to women. The author with her comic genius has presented her work in humorous fashion.
1975 – Kinflicks
1981 – Original Sins
1985 – Other Women
1990 – Bedrock
1995 – Five Minutes in Heaven
2007 – Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree – the Search for My Melungeon Ancestors
2011 - Washed in the Blood
2012 – Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance
Awards and Acknowledgements:
Four books of the author Lisa Alther, were New York TIMES bestsellers and three of these books were Book-of-the-Month Club selections and have appeared worldwide on the list of bestsellers and also translated into 17 other languages.
Awarded the Basler Chair at the East Tennessee State University