An American author of historical fiction, she is best known for The Song of Achilles, a love story between Achilles and Patroclus that is set in Ancient Greece. The work won the Orange Prize for Fiction.
She earned a graduate degree in Classics from Brown University and subsequently taught high school classes in Greek, Latin, and English literature.
It took her ten years to complete The Song of Achilles.
She was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-born author of The Prophet, also spent his formative years studying in Boston.