Miriam Toews was born in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published five novels and a memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards in Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award (for A COMPLICATED KINDNESS) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for THE FLYING TROUTMANS). In 2010 she received the prestigious Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work. IRMA VOTH is Toews’s most recent novel. She lives in Toronto.