About Me

I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I still miss my old neighborhood and the marigold yellow kitchen of my childhood where I did my homework on the kitchen table. After many years in Brooklyn, I now live and work in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley.

perfection_fortuneI’ve always been a letter writer, which is how my memoir Perfection began. Perfection was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer Selection, and is currently being adapted as a series.

I’ve written essays on a wide variety of issues related to family life and women’s health and sexuality for publications including: The New York Times, Huffington Post, Salon, Dame, Glamour, Publisher’s Weekly, Redbook, Prevention, Coastal Living and the story site mrbellersneighborhood. My essay “Instructions” appeared in the anthology The Moment, edited by Six-Word-Memoir creator Larry Smith. The anthology The House that Made Me includes my essay “Classic Six.” I am proud to be a winner of a Literary Death Match, the competitive reading series created by Adrian Todd Zuniga (I brought a sword). I’ve been a podcast guest on “Dear Sugar Radio,” hosted by writers Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, and Lena Dunham’s “Women of the Hour.” You can find links to the podcasts on my home page.

Currently, I’m working on a new memoir about my mother’s wartime immigrant experience, a part of which is being adapted as a German-language film.

I am grateful to The Macdowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for time and space to write.