Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest, grew up in California, and now lives in Ohio with her two dogs.
"Catherynne M Valente's Palimpsest just knocks me flat with her use of language: rich, cool, opiated language, language for stories of strange love and hallucinated cities of the mind." -- Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan "Palimpsest is an elegant and evocative story set in a gorgeous alien wonderland." -- Elizabeth Bear, author of Hammered "Gorgeously written and deliriously imaginative, Palimpsest is the book for those who love old maps and grow wistful at the sound of a night train. A modern masterpiece in Valente's unique voice and singular sensibility."--Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Alchemy of Stone "Catherynne Valente has once again proved her mastery of the fantastic. Full to the brim with beautiful images and gorgeous prose, Palimpsest belongs on the same shelf with Calvino's Invisible Cities and Winterson's The Passion. Valente is writing the smartest, gentlest, deepest work in the field, and she's good enough to do it. I remain in awe."--Daniel Abraham, author of The Long Price Quartet
"It's never enough to merely read a book like Palimpsest, it has to be imbibed, and it's sensuality fully savored."--Nick Bantock, author of The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy "Outstandingly beautiful prose."-Publishers Weekly