Ledia Xhoga

Ledia Xhoga is an Albanian American fiction writer and playwright. Before getting an MFA in fiction from Texas State University, she worked in publishing in New York City. She has been published in Intrepid Times, Hobart, KGB magazine, and other journals. Originally from Tirana, Albania, she lives with her family in Brooklyn and the Catskills.


  • Ledia Xhoga’s novel about a woman whose life is on the brink of unraveling because of her good intentions explores the complexity of translating our own trauma, even to the people we love. With lyrical prose and a propulsive plot, Xhoga delves deep into the shadows of the human psyche, challenging readers to confront the darker legacies of the past while pondering the delicate balance between empathy and self-preservation. Ledia Xhoga has crafted a literary masterpiece that is as profound as it is unforgettable, solidifying her place as a talent to watch in the world of contemporary fiction.

    —Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family

  • An absolutely gorgeous novel, taut as a thriller, lovely as a watercolor, poetically incisive and wry. I devoured this book and was heartbroken when it was over. Ledia Xhoga is a great and visionary writer whose career I will follow eagerly in decades to come.

    —Jennifer Croft, author of The Extinction of Irena Rey

  • “Ledia Xhoga casts a riveting spell in this novel of an Albanian interpreter whose own shifting reality is as subject to misinterpretation as the words of her clients. A stunning debut.”

    —Elizabeth Gaffney, author of When the World Was Young

  • “If in the twenty-first century, Kafka had moved from Prague to Brooklyn, Misinterpretation is the novel I believe he would have written. Instead, Ledia Xhoga wrote it. She captures a corollary world to the one Josef K. inhabits in The Castle, but rather than not being able to reach the castle, Xhoga’s nameless protagonist finds herself living in the castle, a polyglot culture in which everyone misinterprets what everyone else says and does; some residents even misinterpret their own emotions. Xhoga interprets our brave, new multicultural world with a sly, benign wit. Read her novel. You’ll be glad you did.

    —Tom Grimes, author of Mentor