Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States as a child. Her debut novel, Oksana, Behave! was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House and is a Barnes & Noble Spring 2019 Discover pick. Her work can also be found in places such as The Threepenny Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Indiana Review, and The Southern Review. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, daughter, and cat.