I was born in Montreal to American parents and raised in Vancouver, where I earned an MA in literature and a Canada Council Artist grant. After several years of blissful wandering (Buenos Aires, New York, London...) I've made a home in San Francisco with my brilliant husband, Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles, and found another at the Castro Writers' Coop.


My first novel, Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, was published in four languages under a pseudonym. My second novel, Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit, was released in June 2017 by McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House. I recently completed my third novel and am currently at work on my fourth. My stories have appeared in magazines and literary journals, and the 2010 essay collection What My Father Gave Me: Daughters Speak.

Say hi to me@jessicaraya.com.