I was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. In 2011, I co-founded the literary journal Apogee, and I currently serve as Associate Editor at the Believer and as Contributing Editor to Literary Hub. My debut novel, What We Lose (Viking 2017) was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. I was a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree. I teach writing at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
I am represented by Jin Auh at The Wylie Agency.