Chloe Aridjis was born in New York and grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico City. After receiving a BA from Harvard, she went on to receive a PhD from Oxford University. A collection of essays Magic and the Literary Fantastique in Nineteenth-Century France was released in 2005. Her first novel, Book of Clouds, published in 2009, won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France. She lives in London.