Born in 1972 in Pennsylvania, Peyton grew up in McLean, Virginia -- a wooded, leafy town that is now part of the sprawling DC metroplex. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Before enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Peyton spent many years remodeling houses.
Her work is rooted in ideas about love and the potential brutalities of human life -- in the ways people misunderstand each other. Goodhouse is her first novel.
Ghosts of Incarceration, Farrar, Straus & Grioux, October 2014
The Other Hemisphere, Blackbird, Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2012
From the Hills of Fauquier County, A Public Space, Summer 2008
Correspondent's Course: Bloodthirsty Fiction, Tin House, December 2011
The Truth About Sparrows, The New York Times, May 2014
The Job That Keeps Playing in My Head, The New York Times, July 2014