(June 26, 1955 - living) U.S.A.
Born in Woburn, Massachusets, Stephen grew up outside of Boston and was more or less educated in public schools. He went to the University of Vermont as an undergraduate and studied for a year in France at the University of Nice.
Upon graduation, he worked at hotels, kindergartens, ice cream stands, and health food stores. He taught yoga in a church basement and cleaned houses. For many years, he worked as a travel agent.
In the 1980's, he moved to Brooklyn. After taking a few writing courses at adult learning centers, he enrolled in the writing program at Columbia University. At the suggestion of writer Stephen Koch (who recently published a comprehensive, intelligent, and helpful book on writing: The Modern Library Writers' Workshop) he began working on his first novel.
From 1993 to 1998 he was Fannie Hurst Professor of Creative Writing, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Stephen was awarded in 1995 Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, French Ministry of Culture. He ws nominated in 2002 for Prix Femina (Étranger) - Best foreign novel published in France.
- The Object of My Affection (1987)
- "Let's Say." (in Boys Like Us, 1998)
- The Easy Way Out (1992)
- "The Whole Truth." (in Harper's Magazine, 1992)
- The Man of the House (1996)
- "At the Threshold." (in The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, 2000)
- True Enough (2001)
- "In the Greenhouse." (in The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, 2003)