Julie Orringer was born in 1973 in Miami, Florida where her parents attended medical school. At the age of 4, they moved to Boston and two years later they moved to New Orleans where Julie was one of the few Jewish students in her school. Julie always loved reading and writing.
In 1996 Julie Orringer graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 1999-2001, and was Stanford’s Marsh McCall Lecturer in Fiction from 2001-2003. Her short story collection How To Breathe Under Water, which was published in 2003 was a San Francisco Chronicle and LA Times Best Book of the Year as well as a New York Times Notable Book and was made into a short film and a full length play. Orringer received a 2004-5 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Invisible Bridge. The Invisible Bridge is Julie Orringer’s first novel.
Other than being a writer, some of the jobs Julie held were Fertility Clinic Receptionist, Fabric Warehouse Assistant, Fax/Copy Clerk and Calligrapher. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Ryan Harty who is also a writer and is working on her second novel.