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Rae DelBianco grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she raised livestock, founding a beef cattle operation at age fourteen.  She attended Duke University on a Robertson Scholarship, graduating in 2014, and was later accepted to Curtis Brown's six-month novel writing course in London. She is an alumnus of Tin House's Summer Workshop, and lives in Mountainside, New Jersey, staying with her 88 year-old grandmother for the past four years in order to write. ROUGH ANIMALS is her first novel.

photograph by Yau Ho Yi