Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Grace Paley was born in New York to Isaac and Manya Ridnyik Goodside, who anglicized the family name from Gutseit on immigrating from Ukraine.
Her father was a doctor. The family spoke Russian and Yiddish along with English. The youngest of the three Good side children, Paley was a tomboy as a child.