I was born in Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil. I grew up in Miami, Florida and returned frequently to Brazil. The year I was born, my parents bought a small farm in Taquaritinga do Norte, Pernambuco, where we grow shade-coffee, bananas, cashews, and many other native fruits. We also raise goats and pigs, and have six very spoiled dogs. I received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. After graduating from the Workshop, I was awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Program, Brazil's Sacatar Foundation, and the Michener-Copernicus Society. My short stories have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology 2005, Zoetrope: All Story, The Indiana Review, and The Missouri Review. The Seamstress is my first novel.



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Espaço Aberto Literatura, um programa da Globo News, me entrevistou na fazenda em Taquaritinga do Norte. Veja o video.


The Seamstress wins the Friends of American Writers Award for Fiction.


The Seamstress is released in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury.

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The Seamstress wins Elle Magazine's Grand Prix 2008 for Fiction. Check out Elle's December 2008 issue!

11/16/2008 at 3 PM

I will appear on a literary panel alongside fellow authors Fabiola Santiago and Marisa de los Santos at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International in Miami, Florida.


A review of The Seamstress appears on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Barnes & Noble New Reads book club Pick for September 2008

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