Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novels Parakeet (NY Times Editors’ Choice) and 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas (NPR Best Books 2014), and the story collection Safe as Houses (Iowa Short Fiction Award). Her work has received The O. Henry Prize and The Pushcart Prize, and in 2017 she was the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. She teaches in the MFA programs at NYU and The New School. Her fourth book, the novel Beautyland, is forthcoming from FSG. More info: www.mariehelenebertino.