American author best known for her extensive list of best-selling novels and non-fiction works. Her popular works include The Midwife, Code Ezra, and Flowers in the Blood. Her 2003 How To Survive Your Husband's Mid-Life Crisis was co-written with Pat Gaudette.
She graduated from Antioch College in 1966. She worked for several years as a freelance screenwriter before publishing her debut work, The Beansprout Book, in 1973.
She received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her 1995 non-fiction work, I Speak for this Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate.
She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Phillip, were married in the late 1960s.
Both she and fellow author, John Robbins, attended Antioch College.