Susanna Moore's earliest three novels make up a Hawaiian trilogy—the first book, My Old Sweetheart, published in 1983, won the PEN Hemingway Citation and the Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written a memoir of her childhood in Hawaii; a commonplace book about the sea; a novel, In the Cut, about a murder in New York; and a novel set in 19th-century India. Her last novel, The Big Girls, takes place in a women's prison. Ms. Moore was awarded a prize for Literary Achievement by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. She has been teaching Creative Writing since 1988.