Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta and lived in Canada before moving to the United States. She attended college in India and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. She was the author of eight novels, two short story collections, and two works of nonfiction with her husband, Clark Blaise. Her book The Middleman and Other Stories won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988. She taught creative writing at Columbia, NYU, Queens College, and UC Berkeley. Mukherjee died in 2017.