Preeta Samarasan was born in Malaysia and moved to the United States to finish high school. She attended Hamilton College and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in musicology at the Eastman School of Music, where she’d begun work on a dissertation on Gypsy music festivals in France when she left to complete her novel, the award-winning Evening is The Whole Day. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She also won the Asian American Writer’s Workshop/Hyphen Magazine short-story award. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been published in the Asian Literary Review, Five Chapters, Hyphen, the Michigan Quarterly Review, EGO Magazine, A Public Space, and in the anthology Urban Odysseys: KL Stories. Preeta lives with her family in the Limousin region of France.