An acclaimed American author of novels, short stories, essays, and screenplays, he is known for works such as The Bushwacked Piano and The Sporting Club. His third novel, Ninety-Two in the Shade, was nominated for the National Book Award.
He used the proceeds from the publication of his first novel to purchase a ranch in Montana. The Montana landscape figured into many of his subsequent works.
His semi-autobiographical novel, Panama, was universally despised by critics and sparked a heated debate.
He was born in Michigan, and he attended both Michigan State University and Yale University. After divorcing his first wife, Rebecca Crockett, he married actress
His novel, Panama, revealed his life with his third wife, Laurie Buffett (the sister of Jimmy Buffett).