Tamar Gelbetz was born in Tel Aviv in 1957 and was raised in Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva and Haifa. Gelbetz served as a military reporter in the IDF and studied cinema, television and English literature at Tel Aviv University. In 2004, her short story “Peas” received a special citation in Haaretz‘s short story competition. She published her first novel in 2004. In 2006, her second novel, Folded, became a bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2008 Sapir Award. Her third novel, The Dead and the Very Much Alive (2013), was a bestseller and was awarded the prestigious Am Ha-Sefer Translation Grant from the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture and the Yehoshua Rabinowitz Foundation for the Arts. Tamar Gelbetz is also the recipient of the 2009 Prime Minister’s Prize. She is a mother of one and lives in Tel Aviv.