Maritta Wolff

Maritta Wolff was born in Grass Lake, Michigan, in 1918. While attending the University of Michigan, she wrote her first novel, Whistle Stop, which won the Avery Hopgood Award and was called by Sinclair Lewis, "the most important novel of the year." Published in 1941, an abridged version of the novel was sent to soldiers fighting in WWII. Over the next thirty years, she wrote a string of vibrantly raw bestsellers before retiring. After her death in 2002, her family decided to publish a completed manuscript she had written years earlier and kept in her refrigerator. That manuscript, Sudden Rain, was published by Scribner in 2005, along with a reissue of Whistle Stop.