Nora Ikstena was born in 1969 in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the University of Latvia before moving to New York. On her return to the Baltics she helped establish the Latvian Literature Centre. She published her first novel, Celebration of Life, in 1998 and has written over twenty books since. She has won numerous awards, such as the Order of the Three Stars for services to literature and the Baltic Assembly Prize. Soviet Milk, her most recent novel, won the 2015 Annual Latvian Literature Award (LALIGABA) for Best Prose.
'Latvia is a country we have heard almost nothing about since its separation from the Soviet Union. Nora Ikstena is proving that Latvia is speaking in a bold and original voice.' ROSIE GOLDSMITH, JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER.; 'Nora Ikstena's fiction opens up new paths not only for Latvian literature in English translation but for English literature itself.' JEREMY DAVIS, DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS.