Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright scholar and professor at Queens College, she is the author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in New York City.
"Revolutionary Ethiopia in the seventies is the searing backdrop for Maaza Mengiste's incandescent debut ... the acutely observed story of a family-a prominent doctor and his sons, one moderate, one mutinous-undone by war." -- Vogue "An extraordinary novel, which assembles a dauntingly broad cast of characters and, through them, tells stories that nobody can want to hear, in such a way that we cannot stop listening." -- Claire Messud - Bookforum "The real marvel of this tender novel is its coiled plotting, in which coincidence manages to evoke the colossal emotional toll of the revolution." -- The New Yorker "Mengiste gracefully builds the story to a heart-pumping conclusion... Even with its share of tragedy, this is an absorbing drama ... enhanced by the author's spare, spectacular prose." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch