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Marisha Pessl was born in Clarkston, Mich., to Klaus, an Austrian engineer for General Motors, and Anne, an American homemaker. Pessl’s parents divorced when she was 3, and she moved to Asheville, NC, with her mother and sister. Pessl attended the Asheville School, a private, co-educational boarding school, from which she graduated in 1995. She attended Northwestern University for two years before transferring to Barnard College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English literature. After college, she worked as a financial consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, while writing in her free time.
Night Film (2010)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006)