Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel, The Seamstress (HarperCollins), translated into nine languages and winner of the Elle Grand Prix for Fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant, Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, and was a Teaching Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her short stories have appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories, Zoetrope: All-Story, Missouri Review, and Indiana Review. Her story, "The Serrambi Case," has been adapted into a short film by Australian director Emily Avila and entitled, In a Cane Field. Her novel, The Seamstress, was adapted for film and mini-series in Brazil. Her second novel, The Air You Breathe, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books.