Irina Reyn's third novel, "Mother Country," an exploration of what it means to be a mother when her daughter cannot be with her, has just come out in paperback in March 2020. Set in contemporary New York City, the book encompasses the strain of scratching out a living in America without the daughter she left behind in Ukraine while that country struggles with Russia.
Irina's two earlier novels, "The Imperial Wife" and "What Happened to Anna K.," were critical and commercial successes. Both received major reviews and recognition as best books of the year from various organizations.
Irina has been a fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference, Wesleyan Writers Conference and Washington College.
Irina was born in Moscow and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. She currently divides her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.