Viking Books announced that Bank died Tuesday in East Hampton, New York. She had lung cancer.
Bank was a Philadelphia native with a master's degree from Cornell University whose influences ranged from Vladimir Nabokov to Grace Paley. She needed 12 years to finish “The Girls' Guide," in part because of a bicycle accident that damaged her short-term memory and ability to think of words. But her book, which follows a young woman's life from adolescence to adulthood, was a critical and commercial success.