Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She
later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married,
completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne,
and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique. She
moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned an MFA in Writing at Columbia.
She currently teaches at Princeton University. Becoming Jane
Eyre is her 10th book. Her work has been featured in the
New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best
American Short Stories. She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well
as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family
Foundation Prize. Her novel Cracks was nominated for an
Impac Award, and has been made into a feature film to be
distributed by IFC. She has been published in 8 countries.