I am thrilled to announce officially that my memoir, The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement, will be published next year in Australia by UQP. As many of you know, I have been working on this book for most of the time I’ve been living in New York. Moving here was the necessary step in putting some physical and psychological distance between past and future and for opening up time and space for me to write and organize my thoughts about loving and losing John, and the ways in which the renovation of our house in the first year after he died had both symbolic and literal aspects.

But finding a publisher so quickly has exceeded my hopes. I am honoured that I will be part of a list of authors that includes David Malouf, whose new volume of poems, Typewriter Music, was recently published to critical acclaim and the sort of sales of which most writers, let alone poets, only ever dream.

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