Kaye Gibbons was born in Nash County
, North Carolina
in 1960. She graduated from Rocky Mount High School
and then went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
. She wrote her first novel, Ellen Foster
while in college.
Her second novel, A Virtuous Woman , was published in 1989. Both novels have been chosen for Oprah’s book club. In 1989, Gibbons received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to write a third novel, A Cure for Dreams , which was published in 1991.
Her next book , Charms for the Easy Life , was published in March 1993. It was a New York Times bestseller, as was her fifth book Sights Unseen . Her latest book is On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
A reviewer in Time magazine was quoted as saying of her "Some people might give up their second-born to write as well as Kaye Gibbons." In 1996, Kaye Gibbons was the youngest writer ever to receive the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a French knighthood recognizing her contribution to French literature.