Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971. She studied at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and Moscow State University, before receiving a full scholarship to Emory University in 1989. A poet all her life, upon graduation she turned to fiction, writing all three of her novels in English. Her first, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, earned her a place on Granta’s list of Best Young American Novelists and won her the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. It was also a finalist for the Lost Angeles Times best first novel award and for Britain’s Orange Prize. In 2002, she became an American citizen. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.