LINDA LEITH is a Montreal novelist and translator born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her second novel, The Tragedy Queen, was a “Canadians Recommend” title for Canada Reads in 2003. Agnès Guitard’s French translation, Un Amour de Salome, won the Governor General’s Award the same year. Her non-fiction titles include Marrying Hungary, a short memoir commissioned for publication in French as Epouser la Hongrie (translation by Aline Apostolska) and later translated into Serbian by Aleksandra Mancic. Her new novel, The Desert Lake (Signature Editions), follows a young woman making her way through difficulties in the unfamiliar terrain of northwestern China.