Kikuko Tsumura was born in 1978 in Osaka. In 2005 she made her authorial debut with Maneater, whose title was later changed to Kimi wa eien ni soitsura yori wakai (You Will Always be Younger Than Them), which won the Dazai Osamu Prize. In 2008 she was awarded the Noma Literary Newcomers Prize for Music Bless You!, and in 2009 her novel Potosuraimu no fune (The Topos Lime Boat) was awarded the Akutagawa Literary Prize. In 2011 she received the Oda Sakunosuke Prize for Workers’ Digest, and in 2013, ‘The Water Tower and the Turtle’ was awarded the Kawabata Yasunari Prize. Her major works include Tonikaku uchi ni kaerimasu (Anyway I’m Heading Home), Korekara oinori ni ikimasu (I’m Going to Pray), Posuke, and the essay collection, Yaritaikoto wa nido ne dake (All I Want to Do is Doze Off Again).