(Kostova, Elizabeth) Elizabeth Kostova is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress. She is also co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing in Bulgaria. Her novel, The Shadow Land (Ballantine Books) spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. A young American woman has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Instead, she becomes immersed in a search to return to his family the remains of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppression.