LORI LANSENS was a successful screenwriter before writing her first novel, Rush Home Road. Translated into twelve languages and published in fifteen countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success and was featured as a bookclub pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Her next book was The Wife's Tale, which was a national bestseller, as was her last novel, The Mountain Story, described in the Globe and Mail as a "feat of storytelling" of "almost devastating emotional force." Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lansens now lives in California.