Claire Vaye Watkins was raised in the Mojave Desert, in California and Nevada. Her writing has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, New York Times and elsewhere. Her short story collection, Battleborn, won five awards, including the Dylan Thomas Award; was finalist for two; and was named Book of the Year by five publications. Her debut novel, Gold Fame Citrus was published by riverrun in 2015. In 2012, Claire was selected as one of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35'.
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