Christina Hesselholdt, born in 1962, studied at the Danish Academy of Creative Writing in Copenhagen and published her first novel, Køkkenet, Gravkammeret & Landskabet [The Kitchen, the Tomb & the Landscape] in 1991. She has since written several novels and books for children, and has received critical acclaim and awards for her books, including the Beatrice Prize in 2007, the Jytte Borberg Prize in 2007 and the Critics' Prize in 2010. She was included in Dalkey Archive's Best European Fiction 2013. Companions, her first book to appear in English, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2017. For Vivian, a novel about the photographer Vivian Maier, she won the Danish Radio Best Novel Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2017.