Rabih Alameddine was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese parents, and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. He was educated in England and America, and has an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of the novels Koolaids and I, the Divine, the story collection The Perv and, most recently, The Hakawati. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in 2002. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.