Alison Anderson grew up in a university town on the East Coast, but
quite young in life figured out she didn’t belong there, and spent as
much time as she could in Europe, (primarily in Switzerland but also in
Greece, France and England), where she acquired the usual life
adventures, and then some: foreign languages, ski accidents, university
degrees in French, Russian, and translation, English teaching positions
in Athenian suburbs and French fishing villages, a husband and a
love of literature. And above all, a perfectly lovely daughter.
Following her return to the United States after 20 years abroad more
adventures ensued: life on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay, a
sailing trip to Mexico, a first novel published, a divorce, a year off
teaching English in Zagreb, then finally a more settled existence in a
leafy Northern California town, with almost enough time to write,
translate, and travel as often as possible to her old haunts.
She is the author of the novels, Darwin's Wink and Hidden Latitudes. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for her translations of these and other works by Christian Bobin. She now lives in a small village in French-speaking Switzerland.