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I write novels, essays, and journalism, and I teach writing. Here’s a new essay for The Washington Post about honoring my mom with my daughter, an article for Smithsonian about a mysterious abandoned garden, and an essay for The New York Times about gardens and grief. Please come say hi at a class or event, and subscribe to my newsletter for thoughts on reading, writing, and growing things. Want a signed or personalized book mailed to you? Order through our beloved local indie bookshop.

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A Bank Street Best Book of the Year

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“Enchanting…a beguiling, cozy mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A full-on delight: funny, gripping, warm-hearted, and beautifully written—it made me cheer!” —Madeline Miller, award-winning author of Circe

“Tender and fierce, witty and wise, this is a tale of the route we take when we grow up and into the love and family we deserve.”—Judy Blundell, author of the National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied 

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