Judith Guest was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958. Ordinary People, her bestselling first novel, was published in 1976. Her others include Second Heaven and Killing Time in St. Cloud, a collaboration with novelist Rebecca Hill. She consulted with Robert Redford and scenarist Alvin Sargent on the film of Ordinary People, which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1980. Her screenplay for the movie Rachel River was based on the short stories of Carol Bly. Judith Guest lives in Minnesota. Her favorite pastimes are roller-blading and baby-sitting for her grandchildren.Guest, Judith is the author of 'Ordinary People', published 1982 under ISBN 9780140065176 and ISBN 0140065172.