Elizabeth Strout was born in January 6, 1956 she was brought up in New Hampshire and Maine small towns. She has graduated from Bates College and spent a year in Oxford, England; she has also studied at law school for another year. She graduated with honors, from the “Syracuse University College of Law” and a Certificate of Gerontology from the “Syracuse School of Social Work” in 1982. In the same year her first story was published in New Letters magazine. She then moved to New York City and continued to write stories that were published in literary magazines, as well as in Redbook and Seventeen.