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David Guterson is an American novelist. He was born in 1956 in Seattle, and currently lives on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Washington. He attended the University of Washington, where he studied English literature and creative writing.
Guterson worked as a high school English teacher after he earned his degrees. During this time, he began to write stories and essays, many of which were published in magazines. By the end of his twelve years as a teacher, his work was published in Esquire and Sports Illustrated, among other periodicals.
His first book was published in 1989. The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind was a short story collection. His next book, 1992’s Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, was a non-fiction collection of essays on education and family.
Guterson’s first novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, was published in 1994. It was an immediate best seller, and was adapted for film in 1999, and for stage in 2007. It earned Guterson the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Due to its sexual content, it has been challenged, banned, and restricted by schools in the United States and Canada.
In 1999, Guterson published his second novel, East of the Mountains, which was a New York Times best seller. He has since published three additional novels, Our Lady of the Forest, The Other, and Ed King, in 2003, 2008, and 2011, respectively.
Guterson continues to write, and regularly publishes articles on travel, the environment, and other human interest topics. He is also a co-founder of Field’s End, a writers’ community based on Bainbridge Island.