Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth and lives in New York City with her family. The Farm, her debut novel, is a national bestseller and has been chosen by over 50 media outlets in America and abroad as a "must read" in 2019. The Farm was longlisted for the Center of Fiction's 2019 First Novel Prize.
"Heady, chilling . . . [Ramos] peoples her book with figures who are appealingly engaging--or, at times, engagingly repellent."--NPR
"What's so striking about The Farm isn't that it imagines a frightening dystopia. This isn't a hundred years in the future, it's next week. This is reality, nudged just a touch to its logical extreme. Its very plausibility is a warning shot."--USA Today "Richly rendered and engrossing . . . [Ramos] has the acute gaze of the immigrant girl made good. Her book is a necessary one. . . . A great read."--The Guardian "The Handmaid's Tale vibes are strong, but the 'holy sh*t this book is genius' vibes are stronger."--Cosmopolitan "Unnervingly plausible . . . a suspenseful page-turner . . . Ramos inhabits [her characters] with affection, sensitivity and a keen ear for voice. Together, these women tell a story of an America in which 'you must be strong or young if you are not rich.'"--The Economist "A haunting read . . . Ramos has crafted a real page-turner that combines all the hottest issues of the day: inequality, race and women's battle to reclaim their bodies from commodification by big business, with the eternal questions of how much we can sacrifice before losing ourselves completely. . . . The result is an entertaining novel that is also a serious warning."--The Times (UK) "[The Farm] hits home hard--a thrilling read about the myth of meritocracy, the way some people get ahead in life before they're even born."--New York "A sharp takedown of the idea of American meritocracy."--Refinery29 "The Farm is a smart, thoughtful novel about women, choices, and the immigrant experience that asks the question: How far would you go for the American dream?"--PopSugar "A timely investigation of how much control we really have over our own situations, especially when it comes to women's choice . . . With glimmers of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and the dystopian eeriness of The Handmaid's Tale, The Farm is equal parts entertaining and creepy."--PureWow "Ramos has written a firecracker of a novel, at once caustic and tender, page-turning and thought-provoking. This is a fierce indictment of the vampiric nature of modern capitalism, which never loses sight of the very human stories at its center. Highly recommended."--Madeleine Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe