Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his BA from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the back country of the Pacific Northwest. His debut novel, My Absolute Darling, was one of the 2017 BookExpo Book Editor’s Buzz Books, which name the six authors and titles that are expected to be the biggest books of the year. The Guardian called My Absolute Darling "the year’s most talked about novel". Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.