She grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Writing. Her early works were published in numerous zines and in a 2003 chapbook called Deli Life. Her first book, Instant Love, a collection of interconnected short stories, was published in 2006, followed by a novel, The Kept Man, published in 2008. Her third book, The Melting Season, was released in 2010. Her newest novel The Middlesteins came out in 2012 and was featured as BBC Radio Four's 'Book at Bedtime' in February/March 2013. . Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, including Nerve and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.