Orly Castel-Bloom was born in 1960 in Tel Aviv, where she lives today. She studied Film at Tel Aviv University and began publishing in 1987. She is considered one of the most outstanding writers of the eighties generation, which brought about a significant change in Hebrew literature. Her writing provokes intense reactions and much controversy. She received the 1990 Tel Aviv Prize for Literature for Where I Am and her book, Dolly City, has been included in the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. In 1999, a leading Israeli newspaper noted Orly as one of the 50 most influential woman in Israel.