Jonathan Safran Foer was born in Washington D.C. in 1977. He was the middle son in a tight-knit Jewish family and was considered flamboyant and sensitive as a child. In 1999 he graduated from Princeton with a degree in Philosophy and then travel to the Ukraine to expand his thesis which would later on become the novel, Everything Is Illuminated. This novel not only won the Jewish Book Award but was made it to a film. Foer published his first book of nonfiction in 2009 called, Eating Animals. Jonathan lives in Brooklyn, New York and has two children with his wife Nicole.
Jonathan was first introduced to writing by Joyce Carol Oates. His writing was influenced by Jeffrey Eugenides.