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Leah Hager Cohen was born in Manhattan and raised at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens and later in Nyack, New York. She attended Hampshire College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

She has written five novels, among them No Book but the World and Heart You Bully, You Punk, and five works of nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans. Her novel The Grief of Others was adapted into a film of the same name, which had its international premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Among the honors she has received are nominations for the Orange Prize, the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and recognition by the American Library Association. Five of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.