After attending Harvard University for two years, Marisa Silver left to co-direct a documentary film for PBS entitled Community of Praise. She then wrote and directed her first feature film called Old Enough which won the top prize at the Sundance Festival. She went on to direct three more feature films, "Permanent Record," "Vital Signs," and "He Said, She Said." Silver left directing to pursue writing and she made her fictional debut in The New Yorker. Her collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise, was published in 2001 and named a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," and a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of the Year." She is the author of the novels No Direction Home, and The God of War.