Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was a native of Maine. She had her first story published at the age of 19 and her stories became standard fare in the Atlantic Monthly magazine for more than three decades. Most of her stories are set in and around her home state, the best known of them being her short story "A White Heron" and her novel The Country of Pointed Firs.
Amy Tan (born 1952) is a modern writer most famous for her novel The Joy Luck Club, which was also adapted into a well known film. Born in Oakland, California, she graduated from San Jose State University and currently lives in Sausalito, California. Presently, Tan is an editor of West, the Sunday magazine of the Los Angeles Times.