Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in eastern Kentucky. She left there and went on to obtain degrees in biology from Depauw University and, later, the University of Arizona. In the intervening years she lived in Greece, northern France, Great Britain and the USA, supporting herself variously as an archaeologist, typesetter, X-ray technician, copy editor for a small-town newspaper, and biological researcher, before becoming a full-time writer. Her books include poetry, non-fiction and award-winning fiction, and in 1999 she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for The Poisonwood Bible. She lives with her husband and daughters in the mountains of southern Appalachia.