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was born in California and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a BFA in Film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts he worked for three years in the film industry in New York before completing a doctorate in Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Oxford. He has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has held fellowships at the Santa Maddalena Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. His first novel, Absolution, was published in 2012, and his second, Fallen Land, in 2013.