Lara Vapnyar

Lara Vapnyar emigrated from Russia in 1994. She is also the author of of the novel "Memoirs of a Muse. There are Jews in My House "was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and won the Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times, The New Yorker, "and "Open City. "She lives with her family on Staten Island.