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Comfort: A Journey Through Grief



An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Nonfiction Book of 2008

New York Times Editor's Choice


"Rarely do memoirs of grief combine anguish, love, and fury with such elegance." Entertianment Weekly


This is my story of losing Grace, my funny, smart, beautiful five year olf daughter suddenly in 2002. When I submitted an essay to Tin House for their theme issue on Lies, it was the first thing I wrote after Gracie died. They published it under the title Comfort. That essay won a Pushcart Prize and was selected as one of the 100 Notable essays of that year, as was, Now I Need a Place to Hide Away, which was published in the Modern Love column in The New York Times. The responses to those two essays and another about knitting and grief that ran in Real Simple, showed me that I wasn't alone stumbling through grief, and re-affirmed to me that people need to know that very thing. I didn't set out to write a memoir. I set out to show how, bit by bit, I made my way through this terrible journey of grief, and found my way back to hope and love.


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