Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1968 to an American father and an Armenian-Lebanese mother. She grew up in Los Angeles, but, as a child in the years before the Lebanese Civil War, she spent summers in Beirut with her mother's family. Her second book in the trilogy earned her the 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship as well as the 2005 PEN/USA Award for Fiction. Marcom lives in Northern California where she teaches Creative Writing at Mills College in Oakland.
Published works include the novels The Myth of Genocide, Three Apples Fell from Heaven, The Daydreaming Boy, Draining the Sea, and The Mirror in the Well.