ELIZABETH HAND is the multiple-award-winning author of eleven novels and three collections of short fiction. Generation Loss, the first novel to feature punk photographer Cass Neary, received the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award for best work of psychological suspense. A New York Times and Washington Post Notable author, Hand is also a longtime book critic and essayist, a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, Salon, Village Voice, and DownEast Magazine, among many others. Raised in New York State, she studied playwriting and cultural anthropology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and as a teenager in the 1970s was involved in the nascent punk scenes in both D.C. and NYC. For six years she worked as a photo archivist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, before moving to the coast of Maine in 1988 to write full time. She has two children and divides her time between Maine and North London, setting for the third Cass Neary novel.