Winner of the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers
"In exchanging the usual niceties of story and character development for [a] barrage of language, full of obscure allusions and quotations, Kavenna faces the charge of pomposity—worse, she risks alienating her readers with a display of linguistic dexterity that dazzles rather than engages. That she succeeds instead in captivating is testament to her sly, self-deprecating wit."—Olivia Laing, The Guardian (UK)"The downward spiral of a breakdown begins ever so slowly. You turn, you slip, and you turn again, and then you start hurtling from basement to sub-basement to lower levels three and four. Inglorious is . . . arresting, and barefisted—for the blows come hard. But it is also a work of art: tart, wise, human, funny, and best of all, without the least trace of sentiment. Kavenna finds humor in the abyss . . . and ultimately exhilaration at the end of the tunnel."—André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name"Joanna Kavenna’s writing is full of wit and wisdom in glorious proportion."—Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere Man“Kavenna is incisive and funny enough to make Rosa convincingly crazy.”—Publishers Weekly
Joanna Kavenna was born and raised in the United Kingdom, and has spent some years living in the United States and various parts of Europe. Her first book, The Ice Museum, was short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize. Her writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the International Herald Tribune, among other publications.