Miriam Parker has worked in book publishing for over sixteen years, and is currently the Associate Publisher of Ecco. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington and a BA in English from Columbia University. Her short stories have been published in The Florida Review and Fourteen Hills, and she was a finalist for the AWP Intro Journals Prize in Fiction in 2008. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her spaniel, Leopold Bloom. The Shortest Way Home is her first novel.