Sanae Lemoine was born in Paris to a Japanese mother and French father, and raised in France and Australia. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA at Columbia University. She now lives in New York.
"A deeply immersive novel about the ways in which your family may fail you . . . Written in graceful prose carrying clairvoyant insights, its wisdom stayed with me."--Ling Ma, author of Severance
"A stunning debut, simmering with tension and sensuality.
This jewel of a novel examines the in-between spaces in life. . . .
A mesmerizing story by an important new voice."--Crystal Hana Kim,
author of If You Leave Me "Astonishing . . . Sanae Lemoine is
fearless and almost unbearably tender in her exploration of all the
ways we both exalt and wound one another."--Stacey D'Erasmo,
author of Wonderland "An extraordinary, gorgeous novel . . .
With exquisite precision and insight, The Margot Affair builds to
an unexpected heat."--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
"Poised, coolly beguiling, and deeply compelling, Lemoine's debut
casts a powerful spell."--Hermione Hoby, author of Neon in
Daylight "A brave portrayal of love in all of its
complexities."--Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater
"Powerful and affecting . . . truly exceptional."--Rivka
Galchen, author of Little Labors
"Visually and emotionally precise. . . an engrossing, impressive debut novel that skillfully charts a young Frenchwoman's coming-of-age."--Kirkus Reviews "Sumptuous . . . The eclectic cast and rich Parisian backdrop deepen this dramatic exploration of family and the trials of early adulthood. Francophiles and anyone who appreciates an emotionally rewarding story will enjoy Lemoine's lush, well-crafted tale."--Publishers Weekly