Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet, June, Set Me Free, and The Effects of Light. Her new novel, Fierce Little Thing, was published in late July to critical acclaim. The daughter of a writer and an anthropologist, she was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Senegal, Vermont, and Oregon. In 1998, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and is recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction. She writes full time from her home in Vermont, where she lives with her family.