He attended the University of Chicago Lab Schools, and graduated from Amherst College, where he received his degree in English with highest honors in the major. He currently teaches at Columbia University, and has also taught at Barnard College and the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Esquire Magazine named him one of the best young writers in America in 2005. His third novel, Dominion, was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award, as well as one of New York Newsday′s Best Books of the Year. He currently lives in New York.