Mad Garden Love

I have a new essay in the New York Times today about 25-year-old grief and falling madly in love with Chanticleer Garden. When I started writing it, I was trying to figure out why I was so obsessed with this garden–I wasn’t sure. It was only through talking to Chris Fehlhaber, the gardener quoted in… Read more »

New novel!

Hello! I’ve been in hibernation, hard at work on a new novel, which will be out from HarperCollins next year. It’s part coming of age story, part murder mystery, and part modern day “The Secret Garden.” It’s set in Austin, Texas, where we used to live, and in New York City, where I grew up…. Read more »

One Summer, One Book Tour

Kissing in America was chosen as the One Summer, One Book selection by the Montgomery County Public Libraries, and I’m thrilled to be visiting 18 public libraries this summer on the tour! There will be chocolate. Here’s a photo of the posters and bookmarks they made. All the dates and times are listed at the right. Hope… Read more »

Cures for Heartbreak Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to announce that my novel Cures for Heartbreak, which was originally published in 2007, will be released by HarperCollins on May 24, 2016 with a brand new cover! It was designed by the amazing team of Erin Fitzsimmons and Kate Engbring at Harper and the artist Thomas Burden, who also created the cover for Kissing in America…. Read more »

New Year, New Novel

Happy 2016! I’m watching the snowy view out the window while I’m working on a new book. Here’s what our back porch looked like on Sunday after the blizzard: And a stream nearby: I can’t quite believe it’s 2016. 2015 was quite a year—we moved across the country, left our old lives in Texas and… Read more »

Four Starred Reviews

Kissing in America received its fourth starred review, from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books! Here’s an excerpt: “Exquisitely told. . . With poetry from Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, and Adrienne Rich, among others, that punctuate Eva’s feelings, and plentiful humor based on Eva’s impression of love from romance novels, this is a… Read more »

Two Months in the World

Kissing in America has been out for two months now, and after spending so many years writing it, I still can’t quite believe it’s out there in the world. May and June were a whirlwind of travel–I had a lot of fun at book events on the Epic Reads book tour, and at BookPeople in Austin, TX…. Read more »

Kissing in America Map & Contest!

Harper Audio has put together this amazing site–if you scroll down, you can click on the map and hear audio clips from every city that Eva and Annie visit. Then enter the contest to win prizes from all the cities in the book! You can win Skullcandy headphones (for the long bus rides in your… Read more »

Mother’s Day Essay, and an Audio Excerpt

I have an essay in Salon about Mother’s Day today—my 24th Mother’s Day since my mom died. Here we are at Jones Beach many years ago: I’m also excited to share that I have the first audio excerpt of Kissing in America! The whole audiobook will be available from Audible on May 26th:

A Lifeline in Reading, and My First Real Copy

Sometimes a review comes in that makes the approximately 4 million years that you spent writing a book feel worth it. Here is an excerpt: “Kissing in America is about love and grief and friendship; about mothers and daughters, about blood relatives and kindred spirits; about the journey from childhood to adulthood, girlhood to womanhood. It’s… Read more »