Connie Palmen was born in Sint Odiliënberg, the Netherlands, and studied literature and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Her debut novel, The Laws, was voted European Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the 1996 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2019, Vienna, Austria, chose The Laws for their One City. One Book. campaign and gave away 100,000 copies to Viennese bookstore and library patrons. John Irving, Toni Morrison, Mario Vargas Llosa, Michael Ondaatje, and Hillary Mantel were some of the authors who preceded her with this prestigious honor. Palmen is also author of The Friendship, winner of the AKO Literature Prize; Lucifer; and the autobiographical novel I.M. Connie Palmen currently lives in Amsterdam. For more information, visit conniepalmen.nl.