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Andrea Barrett, who grew up on Cape Cod and studied biology at Union College in Schenectady, was in her thirties when she decided to write fiction. She has published five novels including "The Voyage of the Narwhal" (1998) and two story collections, "Ship Fever" (1996) for which she won the 1996 National Book Award for fiction, and most recently "Servants of the Map" (W.W. Norton, 2002). Barrett is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1992), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1997), and the MacArthur Fellowship (2001). She lives in Rochester, N.Y.