Geraldine Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of People of the Book, March (winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), and and the nonfiction works Year of WondersNine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

When Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks was diagnosed with cancer overseas, she didn’t hightail it back home, to “the best health care in the world”—she stayed in Australia, home to a humane, rational system.

Once an anti-shah activist in a miniskirt, Zahrah Rahnavard is now a feminist in a chador. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime Mideast correspondent Geraldine Brooks on how Rahnavard could revolutionize the role of first lady if her husband wins the election.

Even at his inauguration, Obama was making subtle appeals to the rising dissent in Iran. Author and longtime Mideast correspondent Geraldine Brooks on the huge dividends that could come from finally opening a dialogue there.

Don’t be fooled by her Brady Bunch moments. The Mom-in-Chief will promote feminism, speak out on Iraq, and tackle America’s public health crisis.