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Julie Orringer was born in Florida in 1973. She received the Paris Review's Discovery Prize, and her collection of stories How to Breathe Underwater was a New York Times Notable Book.
Old-fashioned in the best possible way: a big, generously involving story, utterly convincing in its texture and detail. Beautiful and sad * Metro * Compelling, passionate, tragic * Marie Claire * Powerful and affecting, crowded with the details of lives led and miseries inflicted * Sunday Times * There are characters whose fate we care about, and a profoundly moving love story threaded between the tenacity of family and the monstrous grind of war. One that cries for you to linger over page by enthralling page -- Simon Schama * Financial Times * Gripping, moving * TLS * Stunning, gracefully written, altogether remarkable * LA Times * A sweeping epic, a good old-fashioned page-turner * Daily Mail *