Monthly Archives: June 2016

New Website!


I’m so happy to share my new website, Richard designed and coded the whole site from scratch! I think he’s the most multi-talented person I know.

I’m delighted by how the site turned out, and for the chance to show off blurbs from three of my favorite writers–Eula Biss (!), Leslie Jamison (!), and Andrew Solomon (!). will include a feed from this blog, which I’ll keep, and it also has a “Resources” page which lists some of the infertility, adoption, and “plan B” family building resources I mention in The Art of Waiting. (I am also happy to post additional links–please email me or reply to this post.)

More soon!

(Above: Richard and Bea at the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference this June)


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Publishers Weekly Top 10


Exciting to see The Art of Waiting listed as a top ten pick for fall in Publishers Weekly’s memoirs and biographies category. I was especially happy to be on the list with Mike Scalise, whose excellently-titled memoir The Brand New Catastrophe is coming soon from Sarabande. I met Mike at Bread Loaf a few years ago and still remember being captivated by the funny/serious excerpt he read there. His book came to press in an interesting way, a little like Mattaponi Queen–through a contest. Mike won the Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award, which “recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.” Here’s hoping that Mike will come to North Carolina for an event early next year.

Speaking of events, I’m working with Graywolf to plan my fall book tour and have plans (so far) to go to Atlanta, Chicago (with Eula Biss!), D.C., Minneapolis, and Austin. Hoping to add Boston and New York to the list. More soon!

(Above: Bea is very into the idea driving these days, and often asks me, when we get into the car, “Can I drive?”)



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New essay and article


I have two new pieces out this week.

The first is an essay I wrote for Lithub about what Tillie Olsen called the “triple life” of working, parenting, and writing, and the need for better childcare options. Click here if you’d like to read it.

The second is an article about abortion restrictions that went into effect this year in North Carolina. It looks particularly at their impact on one young mother who had to wait an entire week, in excruciating physical pain, to have an abortion. It was published in Slate; find it here.

Thanks for reading! I really do intend to publish the new website soon.

(Photo above by Tom Rankin, who took it at a writers’ gathering Jill McCorkle organized this spring in protest of North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature.)

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