Carol Ascher grew up in Topeka Kansas, the daughter of European refugees. Her recent memoir, Afterimages (Holmes and Meier), as well as her novel, The Flood (Curbstone, Northwestern University Press) depict her Midwestern childhood. She is also the author of Simone de Beauvoir: A Life of Freedom (Beacon Press), and editor with Louise deSalvo and Sara Ruddick of Between Women: Women Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and Artists Write about their Work on Women (Beacon Press).
Her stories and personal essays have appeared in such literary journals as New Letters, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Shenandoah, as well as in numerous anthologies. She has received awards from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Trained as an anthropologist, for many years she led a second life studying public schools.