Irene Nemirovsky (1903-1942) was from a affluent banking family in Kiev, Ukraine, and escaped to France following the Russian Revolution. She began writing after attending the Sorbonne in Paris and quickly found success with David Golder, which was followed by more than a dozen subsequent books. She was regularly published in French newspapers and literary publications throughout her life. In 1942, she perished in Auschwitz. Suite Francaise was published posthumously for the first time more than sixty years later. It went on to become a worldwide bestseller, with about a million copies sold in the United States alone.