Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London, and Berlin. One of Granta's Best Young British Novelists and the winner of the James Tait Black Award, he is the author of eight novels. He has published essays, stories, poetry, and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in The Guardian, Granta, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among other publications. He lives in London and teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
"In tender, compassionate prose and a deftly compressed
time-scheme, Markovits glints through desire, ennui,
misunderstanding, and love, illuminating one family's life so that
it glows collectively like a human panorama." -- Jonathan Lethem on
A Weekend in New York
"Markovits's second title featuring the Essinger family will find an audience with readers looking for a holiday story that's light on the Christmas merrymaking and more focused on the complex dynamics at work in relationships among adult siblings, their spouses and children, and their aging parents." -- Library Journal
"Markovits's writing makes the ordinary unforgettable." -- New York Times