Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia was born in Riverside, California, and grew up there and in Washington, DC. She lives in San Francisco and has also lived in Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nepal, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. Marian has also been a truck driver, a bartender, and a logger. The Given World is her first novel.

Books by this Author

The Given World


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. No regrets.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing the people I love. And my dog. (No, I am not afraid of my dog.)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Probably this book.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. The ability to forgive.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Arugula.