Sigrid Nunez’s novel The Friend was the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. She is the author of seven novels and a book of nonfiction, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. One of the most lauded novelists in the U.S., Nunez has been the winner of a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize, and the American Academy’s Rosenthal Foundation Award, and her work has been included in The Best American Short Stories series. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Boston University.