Judith Hermann was born in Berlin in 1970. Her first collection of stories, Sommerhaus, später (1998) received extraordinary positive response. It was followed, in 2003, by Nichts als Gespenster, also a volume of stories, several of which were adapted into a film in 2007. In 2009, she published Alice, five stories which received international acclaim. In 2014, Judith Hermann published her first novel, Aller Liebe Anfang. For her work, Judith Hermann has received numerous awards, among them the Kleist Prize and Friedrich Hölderlin Prize. She lives and writes in Berlin.