Lewis DeSoto was born in South Africa and moved to Canada as a teenager. His first novel, A Blade of Grass, was an international bestseller and an International Book of the Month selection. Longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the novel was also a finalist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. DeSoto’s much-anticipated new novel, The Restoration Artist (HarperCollins), references his other passion: painting. DeSoto lives with his wife, the artist Gunilla Josephson, in Toronto and Normandy, France.