Carol Bensimon was born in Porto Alegre. In 2008, she published her first work of fiction, Pó de parede, consisting of three stories. In 2009, Bensimon’s debut novel, Sinuca embaixo d’agua, was shortlisted for the São Paolo Prize for Literature, the Jabuti Award and the Bravo! Prize. ‘Sparks’ (‘Faíscas’) is an extract from a new novel of the same title.