An American novelist, he is best known for Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper. The former work sold over two million copies.
He worked as a journalist for The New York Times and other prominent publications.
Two of his novels, Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, were nominated for the National Book Award.
He was born in Washington, D.C. He later taught at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Williams College, and the University of Virginia.
His 1986 novel, Waking the Dead, was adapted into a film produced by Jodie Foster.