Juliet Grames was born outside of Hartford, Connecticut, into a tight-knit Italian-American family. She attended Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Columbia College. For the last fifteen years she has worked in book publishing, and is currently Associate Publisher at Soho Press, where she edits literary fiction, crime fiction, and literature in translation. She lives in Brooklyn.
A compulsive, huge-hearted novel about family, home and how women move through the world; you don't read this book, you live it. A sweeping story of immigration, family, betrayal and most importantly, one extraordinary woman. This book is gorgeous, harrowing and magical Thanks to gorgeous writing from Grames, it's full of beautiful passages and is the perfect book to take with you on holiday . . . a messy, complex and convincing story of women struggling to find their true power - Stylist A sumptuous inter-generational saga . . . heart-wrenching - Observer This is wonderful storytelling, seamlessly capturing the love and horror at the heart of family. Juliet Grames's novel, tracing the extraordinary life - and deaths - of an ordinary woman, sits the reader down at a well-laden table, and offers a hugely satisfying feast. Delightful Packed with family secrets and their repercussions, the novel memorably pins down the American immigrant experience. It's an impressive achievement. - Daily Mail Superbly enjoyable . . . a darkly funny story about two sisters . . . A class act - don't miss it. - Woman I loved this meaty family saga . . . I couldn't help rooting for the complicated and unstoppable hero - Good Housekeeping