By all appearances, Florence Noiville was not destined for a career in literature. After attending Sciences-Po university, the international business school HEC, and receiving her Masters' in Business Law, Noiville began her professional career in an American corporation, working in the financial sector. Four years later, she realized that finance is like riding a bike: after you first learn how to ride, you'll never forget, but that doesn't mean you have to be a professional cyclist. From numbers, she moved on to letters, finally fashioning a career out of the subjects that had always interested her: writing and literature. She became a journalist and literary critic for French newspaper Le Monde, where she has worked since 1994 as Foreign Fiction Editor. In 2013 Seagull Books published a collection of her Le Monde profiles including Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Carlos Fuentes, Nadine Gordimer, Milan Kundera, John le Carré, Toni Morrison, Herta Müller, Sempé, Mario Vargas Llosa and many others
At the same time, she wrote fiction. Noiville began with children's books--she is the author of a dozen books for children and young adults, some written under her married name, Florence Hirsch. Next, she published a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning American author Isaac Bashevis Singer, for which she received a 2004 Biography Award. Then, she published her first novel, La Donation (Stock, 2007). In 2009, Noiville wrote a short text, half-essay, half-personal narrative, about capitalism and its excesses, entitled "I went to business school and I'm sorry" (Stock). Her books are translated into 11 languages.
Since 2007, Florence Noiville has hosted "Le Monde des Livres," a literary show on French television channel LCI, as well as presented a weekly radio segment on paperback books. In 2007-2008, she was a judge for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize organized by The Independent and the British Council in London. She is the mother of three children.