I was born and raised in Chicago but spent my twenties and thirties in Austria near the Swiss border, England, Boston, Princeton and Ann Arbor. After ten years on the faculty at the University of Michigan as a tenured associate professor (sociocultural linguistics) we moved to the west coast. I have been writing full time since 2000. My academic publications are published under my full name (Rosina Lippi Green), non-fiction and contemporary fiction under Rosina Lippi, and historical fiction under Sara Donati.

I have ten novels in print, and one forthcoming in September 2018 (Where the Light Enters) with Berkley/Penguin, a handful of short stories in literary journals and magazines, a respectable list of academic publications, and a lot of non fiction online -- including six years worth of weblog posts. On occasion I take on freelance editing of a novel.

These days I work at home in a small study that looks into a woefully neglected garden. My interests beyond storytelling include mixed media textiles, clay, animal welfare, and progressive politics. I am a Democratic Socialist. I have a Mathematician husband, an adult daughter, and a terrible yearning to return to the East Coast that is probably doomed.

Other Works

  • Homestead: A Novel


Awards and Recognition

  • PEN/Hemingway
  • Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
  • Shortlisted, Britain's Orange Prize