Zara Raheem received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. She is the recipient of the James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial award in fiction and was selected as one of 2019's Harriet Williams Emerging Writers. Her debut novel The Marriage Clock was named a "must-read book of the summer” by Cosmopolitan, POPSUGAR, Bustle, BookRiot, among others; and it has already been translated into Italian and Portuguese. Her second novel The Retreat will be forthcoming in 2023, and she is currently working on a short story collection that centers around the South Asian diaspora, the Muslim-American experience, and the struggles and hardships faced by first and second-generation immigrants. She resides in Southern California where she teaches English and creative writing.