Anne F. Garréta graduated from France’s prestigious École normale supérieure and was co-opted into the Oulipo in April 2000. She has been a lecturer at the University of Rennes II since 1995 and also teaches at Duke University as a Research Professor of Literature and Romance Studies. Her first novel, Sphinx (Grasset, 1986), hailed by critics, tells a love story between two people without giving any indication of grammatical gender for the narrator or the narrator’s love interest, A***. Her second novel, Ciels liquides (Grasset, 1990), recounts the fate of a character losing the use of language. In La Décomposition (Grasset, 1999), a serial killer methodically murders characters from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She won France’s prestigious Prix Médicis in 2002, awarded each year to an author whose “fame does not yet match their talent” for Pas un jour (Grasset, 2002).