Shashi Deshpande is the author of eleven novels, a number of short story collections, four books for children and a book of essays. Her best-known novel, That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990, is considered a landmark in Indian writing in English. Among her recent novels are Small Remedies, Moving On, In the Country of Deceit and Ships that Pass. She has also done translations from both Kannada and Marathi into English. She currently lives in Bangalore.