Having started out as a poet, Gaëlle Josse’s debut novel, Les heures silencieuses (The Quiet Hours) was published in 2011. It was followed by Nos vies désaccordées (Our Out of Tune Lives) in 2012 and Noces de neige (Snow Wedding) in 2013. All three books won several prizes, including the 2013 Alain-Fournier Prize for Our Out of Tune Lives. The Quiet Hours has been translated into several languages, and a film adaptation of Snow Wedding is in progress.
After several years in New Caledonia, Josse now lives and works in Paris. Le dernier gardien d’Ellis Island (The Last Guardian of Ellis Island) was awarded with the Grand Livre du Mois Literary Prize last autumn.