Cures for Heartbreak
By Margo Rabb
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385734028, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
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"IF SHE DIES, I'll die," are the words 15-year-old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Nine days later, Mia's mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and her father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss. But even in grief, there is the chance for new beginnings in this poignant, funny, and hopeful novel.
Margo Rabb grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and have been
published in the Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New England Review, and elsewhere.
“Cures for Heartbreak is a sad, funny, smart, endlessly poignant novel. . . . It made me feel grateful for my life, for my family, and above all for the world that brings us gifts like the gift of Margo Rabb.”–Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
“Cures for Heartbreak is full of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”–Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep
“Margo Rabb’s ‘World History’ [a chapter in Cures for Heartbreak] is unusual in its depiction of familial tragedy in the context of large-scale horror. . . . [It] beautifully brings together the intensely personal and the historical, and rings with the authenticity of a bitter, yet illuminating truth.”–Joyce Carol Oates
Starred review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2007:
"Black humor, pitch-perfect detail, and compelling characters make this a terrific read, despite the pain that permeates every superbly written page."
Starred review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2007:
"This is undeniably a book of anguish, it's also one of raw strength and casual, clever humor in random and surprising places, making it a compelling as well as tearful read."