Fun facts about me:

  • I hate fizzy drinks.
  • I have never had a job I had to drive to.
  • I haven’t had a major haircut since 1976.
  • I’ve read War and Peace at least six times.
  • My favorite thing to do in new places is climb to the top of the tallest thing I can find.
  • My husband and I grew up 30 miles apart on the east coast, but met several decades later in Minnesota.
  • I wanted to be reincarnated as an otter even before I read the short story by Saki that bears my name.

Favorite places:

  • Mohonk Mountain House, near New Paltz, New York
  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland
  • The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon
  • My house in Northfield, Minnesota

Favorite writers for grown-ups:

  • Gregory Blake Smith (who happens to be my husband)
  • Alexander Pushkin
  • Zadie Smith
  • David Mitchell
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Ian McEwan
  • Leo Tolstoy

Mohonk Mountain House


My favorite book by my favorite writer