Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux has taught fiction for many years and lives with his family in Hammond. His work has appeared in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, Prize Stories. The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 SEBA Book Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction. THE CLEARING, his second, was published in the US and UK in 2003.
"'[It] may tell an old, old story - that it is only when you are in danger of losing someone that you begin truly to appreciate them - but it has rarely been told so well... the depiction of his native landscape, with its Spanish moss and snapping turtles, its "white heat and green humidity" is superb.' - Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph 'Impressive... thoroughly gripping' - Big Issue 'A mighty first novel, told with cinematic grip... Gautreaux himself takes the next step in the moody, sweet dance of southern literature.' - GQ '[It] holds you snug and won't let go' - Entertainment Weekly 'Marries the power of a first novel with the wisdom of a second... The rippingest novel of the year, with writing that dances and swells like a jitterbug on a hot skillet.' - Philadelphia Enquirer"