Patrick Lapeyre is a French writer, and winner of the Prix Femina, 2010, for his seventh novel, La vie est brève et le désir sans fin. Laypeyre was born in 1949 in Pantin. He attended the École Normale Supérieure with Alain Finkelkraut and Pascal Bruckner before studying literature at the Sorbonne. After becoming a teacher, he published his first novel, Le corps inflammable, in 1984. He received the Prix du Livre Inter in 2004 for L'Homme-soeur and the Prix Femina in 2010 for La vie est brève et le désir sans fin.