Lara Santoro is most recently the author of The Boy, a novel, scheduled to be published by Little, Brown January 15th of 2013. Her first novel, Mercy, was a finalist for the Foreword Independent Press Award and was optioned by Cowboy Films. She spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The London Telegraph, The Times of London and The Sunday Times. She studied at Smith College, the Sorbonne, and at New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico.