About the Authors

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Linda Phillips Ashour is the author of four novels: Speaking in Tongues, Joy Baby, Sweet Remedy, and A Comforting Lie. Speaking in Tongues is the story of an expat from Oklahoma that was written when she lived in the South of France. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the New York Sun, Mia, and the Weekly Standard. She has published short fiction in the Paris Review and the North American Review and was a contributor to My Father Married Your Mother: Dispatches from the Blended Family. Linda has taught writing at UCLA Extension, received a Beck fellowship from Denison University, and been a fellow at Yaddo. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Claire Lerognon is a language and communications specialist at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Her interest in languages and language acquisition led to a colorful career teaching French to students ranging from preschoolers to diplomats and the UN’s global staff. She is currently part of the Language and Communications Training Unit where she specializes in training design and development geared towards fostering multilingualism in the organization. The Heart of an Artichoke is her first book — and boldest learning venture yet. Claire lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photograph of Linda Phillips Ashour by Michael Dambrosia. Photograph of Claire Lerognon by Céline Charpigny.