Who I Am

I’m the author of five books. My fifth is a novel entitled Landslide which will be published in February of 2021 by Knopf. My previous book, Elsey Come Home, was a Most Anticipated/Best Book at Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Amazon Books, Pop Sugar, Huffington Post, Southern Living Magazine, Fodors, Maine Women’s Magazine, and others. My memoir The Foremost Good Fortune was the first book I published. It was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick, an Entertainment Weekly Memoir to Read, and the winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. My novel Paris Was the Place came out after the memoir and was a People Magazine Top Pick, a Slate Magazine Summer Read, and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. My third book was a whole other animal: a photography collaboration called Stop Here This is the Place, which was a Real Simple Magazine Must Read. It also won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence.

My writing has appeared in places like The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, Ploughshares, and other magazines. I’ve been fortunate to receive fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. I grew up in Maine and have lived and worked in Vermont, California, Boston and China before moving back to Portland, Maine, where I live now. I’m on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine, and am the co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab for kids in Portland.