Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, India in 1940 to a wealthy, traditional family. She attended the universities of Calcutta and Baroda, where she earned a master's degree in English and Ancient Indian Culture. In 1961, she came to the United States to attend the Writers Workshop and earned her master's of fine arts and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. In 1963, Mukherjee married Clark Blaise, a Canadian author, and immigrated to Canada. She became a naturalized citizen in 1972. While she was teaching English at McGill University, she began writing fiction. Living in Canada was difficult for Mukherjee so, with her husband, she moved back to the United States and became a citizen. She then taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York University and Queens College and then became Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. Some of Mukherjee's titles include: "Wife" (1975), "Days and Nights in Calcutta" (1977), Middleman and Other Stories" (1988), "Holder of the World" (1993), and "Leave It To Me" (1997). In 1988 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award (The Middleman and Other Stories).