A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C. and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.
She is the author of the novels: This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: .
Her most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the prestigious 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction formerly known as the Orange Prize and her memoir, The Mistress's Daughter, the story of being "found" by her biological family and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind was published to international acclaim.
Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and she writes frequently on the arts for publications such as Art Forum, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker and the New York Times. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
In addition A.M. Homes is active in the literary community serving on the Board of Directors of Yaddo, chairing the 2014 Pen International Literary Festival and Pen’s Writer’s Fund. She also serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers and is advisor to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The Writers' Room in NYC.
A.M. Homes was a writer/producer of the television show The L Word in 2004-2005 and wrote the adaptation of her first novel, Jack, for Showtime. She has also written original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS.
Educated at Sarah Lawrence College and The University of Iowa, she lives in New York City.