Gingher is an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and journals including the Oxford American, Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly, Redbook, Seventeen, McCall’s, The Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Her novel, Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit, won North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh prize in 1987 and was made into an NBC Movie-of-the-Week in 1992. Both Bobby Rex and Teen Angel, her short story collection, were recipients of ALA Notable and Best Book awards, and Bobby Rex. Her memoir, "A Girl's Life," received a Foreword Magazine "Book of the Year" citation in 2001.