Molly McCloskey grew up in the US but spent 25 years living in Ireland, where parts of her 2017 novel When Light is Like Water (Penguin) are set. The novel was published in the US by Scribner as Straying. Molly is also the author of two short story collections, a novel, and a memoir, Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother. She has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award, the world’s largest prize for a single short story, and for the Irish Book Awards. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Irish Times, and elsewhere. She has also worked in the field of international development in the UN’s Kenya-based Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia. She currently lives in Washington, DC.