Lucy in the World!

My new novel, Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize, will be published on Tuesday, May 11th! (Photo by my very kind daughter.) The launch event will be a virtual one on Tuesday, May 11th at 7pm EST, hosted by our beloved local indie bookshop, Children’s Book World. It will be streamed on Children’s Book World’s Facebook… Read more »

New novel and new website coming soon

My new novel, Kissing in America, will be published by HarperCollins on May 26th, 2015! Here’s the bound galley alongside the handwritten first draft. The official description: “In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss… Read more »

George Saunders interview outtakes

I have a new essay in The New York Times Book Review this Sunday. I really enjoyed writing this one. Thank you to Justin Torres, Jennifer Haigh, Laurie Halse Anderson, Justin Cronin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Allison Amend, Kate Christensen, Mary Karr, Margot Livesey, Tobias Wolff, and George Saunders for speaking with me for the piece. They… Read more »


I’ve joined Twitter! I’m at @MargoRabb. I’m aiming to tweet regularly, which is hopefully easier than keeping up a blog. (My friend Mark pointed out that tweeting once a year is really not quite enough. Advice heeded.) Also, I apologize about the comments still not working here. If anyone knows how to fix this problem… Read more »

Journal Writing Workshop

I’m excited to be teaching a new workshop about journal writing at the Writer’s League of Texas on Saturday. This subject is very close to my heart—I’ve been keeping a journal since I was ten years old, and almost daily since I was seventeen (I have nearly a hundred of them now). Keeping a journal… Read more »

Intensive Care

I have a new essay in The New York Times today about my son’s experience in the NICU. I wrote the essay after I’d seen a pregnant friend and had found myself telling her what a “great experience” my family had in the NICU. I realized how strange that sounded, and went home and wrote… Read more »

Happy New Year, With Chocolate

I hope the year is off to a great start for everyone! One of my favorite discoveries of 2012 was a new kind of chocolate: My husband brought these back from a business trip to London. The packaging was so pretty I almost didn’t want to open them (but somehow managed to). They’re from Rococo… Read more »

Happy 100th, Julia

It’s been a long, long time since I last posted—I’ve been busy revising my new novel, working on essays, teaching classes, and raising the kids. What better day to start posting again than Julia Child’s hundredth birthday? One of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last few years is Julia Child’s memoir My… Read more »

Paradise is a library

There’s a beautiful quote from Junot Diaz in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine education issue: “I do not remember her voice, but I do remember that every time I saw her, she called me to her desk and showed me with an almost conspiratorial glee a book she had picked out for me, a… Read more »

Back from Vermont

We got back from vacation in Vermont last week—we had an amazing time there, though we arrived home just a few days before the flood. We stayed near Waterbury, which I read at one point became flooded with 10 feet of water. . . I hope they’ll be able to recover soon. I love Vermont—it’s… Read more »