Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in Paris, Bangkok, and New York. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of the Bengal Trilogy of novels—A Golden Age, The Good Muslim, and The Bones of Grace – which chronicles three generations of the Haque family, from the Bangladesh war of independence to the present day. A Golden Age was awarded the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She writes often for The Guardian, Financial Times, Granta, and other publications, including the International New York Times, where she is a contributing opinion writer.