Bee Ridgway was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a parsonage made from three stuck-together old cottages. She attended Oberlin College. She worked for a year in features at Elle Magazine, then went to Cornell for a doctoral degree in English literature. After several years spent chasing research materials and true love around the UK, she settled down to teach American literature at Bryn Mawr College. She lives with her partner in Philadelphia. The River of No Return is her first novel.