Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She began her career as an actor and director in Ontario and went on to England, where she began to write fiction. After London, she went west to Saskatoon before going farther west to Mayerthorpe, Alberta; she now divides her time between Edmonton and Toronto. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a CBC Canada Reads book, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. The Little Shadows, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Close to Hugh comes out in May, and she is at work on a new novel, The Difference.