Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2001 with a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language. In 2004 she received her M.F.A. in fiction from the University of California at Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship for the 2004-5 academic year. She is the author of the novel "Fireworks, "and has published stories in "Wind, "the "Evansville Review, "the "Missouri""Review, Red Rock Review, "and the "Indiana Review. "Currently, she is living and writing in Savannah, Georgia.
"A modern fairy tale.... "December"""offers the pleasures of beautifully composed scenes and...an exact rendering of a child's acute perceptions."--"The New York Times Book Review""Winthrop carefully and expertly builds the layers of her characters until they are deeply, beautifully drawn.... December""is as brilliant and hopeful as its protagonist." --"The Plain Dealer""Winthrop's prose is crisp and poised and her characterizations convincing.... These people feel lived in and authentic."--"The New York Observer"