Biography of Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai was born in Delhi, India, in 1971 to novelist Anita Desai. Anita Desai's writing ethic shaped Kiran Desai's upbringing. After growing up in Punjab and Mumbai, Desai's family moved to England and the United States, where Desai attended high school. She studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University, and Columbia University.

In 1998, Desai's debut novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, earned notice and accolades such as the Betty Trask Award. The book also received acclaim from prominent authors, including Salman Rushdie.

In 2006, Desai became the youngest woman to receive the Booker Prize for her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, which also earned her the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. Desai later earned a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

Desai currently lives in New York City and was named one of the most influential "global Indian women" in 2015.

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