David Trueba was born in Madrid in 1969 and has been successful both as a
novelist and as a scriptwriter. La buena vida was his widely acclaimed debut as a
film director and was followed by Obra Maestra (2001), Soldados de Salamina
(2003), Bienvenido a casa (2006), and La silla de Fernando (2007). He is also the author of two previous novels; his debut, Four Friends, sold over 100,000 copies with twenty reprints.  Learning to Lose won the Critics Award in 2009.
Mara Faye Lethem is the translator of Spanish and Catalan authors such as
Albert Sánchez Piñol, Juan Marsé, Javier Calvo, Jorge Semprún, and Pablo DeSantis. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she has lived in Barcelona since 2003.