JULIA LANGBEIN spent her formative years doing sketch, stand-up and improv comedy in New York before getting her doctorate in Art History. She is the author of a non-fiction book about comic art criticism (Laugh Lines, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2022) and has since written about food, art and travel for GourmetEaterSalonFrieze and other publications. A native of Chicago, she lives outside of Paris with her family.
American Mermaid is her first novel.