Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, novelist and death penalty investigator living in Portland, Oregon.
Rene is the author of the award-winning novel The Enchanted. The winner of a prestigious French Prix award, The Enchanted was also a finalist for the esteemed 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and has been short-listed for the Texas Lariat Award. It has garnered outstanding acclaim, with rave reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and other publications. The Enchanted has been praised by the likes of Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Dunn, and Donald Ray Pollock, who says, “Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.” Rene has written for many esteemed publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has published three non-fiction books.In addition to her writing career, Rene Denfeld is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. She is the happy mother of three children she adopted from state foster care. Watch her interview with Harper Books here.