Paulette Jiles was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks. A critically acclaimed poet, she is a past winner of the Canadian Governor General Award, Canada's highest literary honour. She lives with her husband in San Antonio, Texas. ENEMY WOMEN is her first novel.
'I loved ENEMY WOMEN. It is a gritty, memorable book, full of the things I like best in a novel - a sparky heroine, an unsentimental love story, a confident retelling of the past. Jiles' experience as a poet has clearly helped her to create a dreamlike style that perfectly reflects the story's war-torn landscape. It is a delight from start to finish, without a single misstep.' Tracy Chevalier, author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and FALLING ANGELS 'Enemy Women deserves the Pulitzer Prize.' TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL 'Spellbinding ... a book with backbone, written with tough, haunting eloquence.' THE NEW YORK TIMES 'In a just world, [it] would make Cormac McCarthy grind his teeth in envy... Adair becomes a storyteller to survive; she lies, charms and improvises her way through the wilderness. And so -- triumphantly -- does Paulette Jiles.' THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW