Her father was a chemical engineer, her mother a nurse.
Along with her only sister, novelist and historian Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Gilbert grew up on a small familyChristmas tree farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. The family lived in the country with no neighbors, and they didn’t own a TV or even a record player. Consequently, they all read a great deal, and Gilbert and her sister entertained themselves by writing little books and plays.
Now Elizabeth Gilbert lives in rural New Jersey with her husband, her garden, and far too many beloved pets.