Christopher Castellani was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. His parents immigrated to the United States from a small village in Italy in the years following World War II, and their experiences have been a significant inspiration. *A Kiss From Maddalena*, Christopher's first novel, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in April 2003, and subsequently was published in Australia, the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Thailand. In 2004, Christopher was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction for *A Kiss from Maddalena*. *The Saint of Lost Things* is his second novel. Chris was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. He is currently at work on his third novel--the final in this three-volume series. Castellani lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he is the Artistic Director of grub street, a Boston-based non-profit creative writing center.