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Born in Moscow, Olga Grushin spent her early childhood in Prague. After returning to Moscow, she studied art history at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and journalism at Moscow State University. In 1989 she was given a full scholarship to Emory University. Since coming to the United States, she has been an interpreter for President Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a Washington law firm and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Partisan Review, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation and Art Times. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, Vogue, The Daily Mail and elsewhere. "The Drea Life of Sukhanov," her first novel, won the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Top Ten Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into 14 languages. Her second and most recent novel, "The Line" (Penguin) was chosen as an Editors' Choice book by The New York Times. She is now at work on her third book. A citizen of Russia and the United States, Grushin lives near Washington, D.C.

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Olga Grushin

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