Ward Just was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He began his career as a newspaperman, serving as a correspondent for the Washington Post at the height of the Vietnam War. In 1969 he gave up reporting to write fiction. The author of numerous novels, including An Unfinished Season and American Romantic (Houghton Mifflin, 2014), and short story collections, he has twice won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Award for fiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Sarah Catchpole.