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Julie Orringer was born in 1973 and grew up in New Orleans and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Cornell University. Her stories have appeared in several publications including The Paris Review, The Yale Review and Best New American Voices. Julie Orringer lives in San Francisco where she is currently at work on a novel. How to Breathe Underwater is her first 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 *