Larissa Boehning was born in Berlin in 1971, lives in Berlin and works as a graphic designer, lecturer and freelance writer. Her debut collection, Schwalbensommer, published in 2003, or Swallow Summer in English, published in 2016, received critical acclaim firmly establishing her as one to watch. Larissa's story from this collection, ‘Silent Fish, Sweetheart’, won the 2002 Prenzlauer Berg Literature Prize. Critics were amazed by the way her virtuoso literary abilities allowed her to make the small disasters that occur in everyday life appear continually interesting and relevant. Her debut novel Lichte Stoffe, ‘Light Materials’ (Eichborn, 2007) was longlisted for the German Book Prize and received the city of Pinneberg’s Culture Prize and the Mara Cassens Prize for best debut novel in 2007. Her novels since include Das Glück der Zikaden, ‘The Song of the Cicadas’ (Galiani, 2011), and most recently Nichts davon stimmt, aber alles ist wehr, ‘None of it’s Right, but it’s All True’ (Galiani, 2014).