She was born in Toronto, Ontario, to writers Dave Godfrey and Ellen Godfrey. As a child she relocated with her family to Victoria, British Columbia. Godfrey attended the University of Toronto and Sarah Lawrence College, from which she received a MFA in Creative Writing. She worked in Toronto and New York as a journalist and editor before writing her first novel, Torn Skirt.
Her first book, Torn Skirt (2001), a novel, was shortlisted for the 2002 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.
Her second book, Under the Bridge (2005), an investigation into the beating death of Reena Virk, received British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction in 2006.
She is adjunct assistant professor of creative writing at Columbia University. http://arts.columbia.edu/writing/faculty/adjunct/rebecca-godfrey
In 2013, it was announced that Knopf Canada and Knopf US will publish her second novel, The Dilettante.
- Torn Skirt (2001)
- Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk (2005)
- Author site
- HarperCollins Canada site