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Bette Evensky Greene was raised in a small town in Arkansas near Memphis, TN. Her parents owned a store called Evensky's Dry Goods. Theirs was the only Jewish family in town; and her books typically have themes of alienation or unjust treatment. According to Greene, she became a professional writer at age 9 when she sold a news story about a barn fire to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. She married Donald Greene, a Boston doctor, in 1959, and has two children.
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