Padma Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, is UWA Publishing’s bestselling novel ever. On its 2009 release it received international acclaim and was published in eight countries, a bestseller in three, and a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the Amazon. ca First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize.
Viswanathan's short fiction has appeared in various journals and won the 2006 Boston Review Short Story Contest, and she has had several plays performed. She publishes cultural journalism and reviews in such venues as Elle Canada, The National Post and The Rumpus Online. Her handwritten Letter-in-the-Mail for The Rumpus can be found in Best American Non-Required Reading 2012. She has also published several short translations of Brazilian fiction. She now lives on a hilltop in Arkansas with her husband (poet and translator Geoffrey Brock), children, parents and an array of animals.