Mary Lynn Bracht was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in the United States. She studied Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Her debut novel, White Chrysanthemum, was published in January 2018 by Chatto & Windus Books and Putnam Books and translated worldwide.
White Chysanthemum was the winner of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best First Novel Award 2019,the Prix coup de cœur Saint-Maur en Poche 2018 and the 2019 Waverton Good Read Award. It was also a finalist for the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.