Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard in 1991. Her father was a mathematician, and for a long time she believed her first name, the Greek word for truth, was his way of tipping his cap to the idea of absolutes. Then one day her mother corrected her: “No. We got your name from a TV show.” (Judd, for the Defense.) Her first book, I Knew You’ d Be Lovely (Broadway, 2011), was chosen by Oprah.com and for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. “A Place in the World” is part of a new collection of true stories—You’ve Been So Lucky Already—forthcoming in 2018.