The New York Times praised Markovits's I am Forbidden as an "elegant, enthralling novel" and the Sunday Telegraph of London noted its "luminously beautiful prose." I Am Forbidden has been published in fifteen countries. The French version was nominated for the Prix Fémina Etranger and is a finalist for the 2014 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. The Dutch version is shortlisted for the 2014 Dutch Wizo Prize. The UK version is shortlisted for the 2014 Wingate Prize. The US version received an Honorable Mention from the Sophie Brodie Award.
Anouk Markovits grew up in France. Her first novel, Pur Coton, was written in French and published by Gallimard. Markovits holds a B.S. from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell.