Deborah Baker’s most recent book, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in non-fiction. She is also the author of In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, and of A Blue Hand, an account of Allen Ginsberg’s travels in India and the idea of India in the American imagination. Deborah has been the recipient of a Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is married to the writer Amitav Ghosh and has two children. She lives in Brooklyn and Goa.