Cures for Heartbreak

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by Margo Rabb

HarperCollins

May 24, 2016

Margo Rabb’s critically acclaimed debut novel Cures for Heartbreak—a somber yet humorous depiction of love, loss, and new beginnings—has been reissued with a stunning new look.

Less than two weeks after fifteen-year-old Mia Pearlman’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, she dies, leaving Mia, her older sister, and their father to face this sudden and unfathomable loss. As Mia struggles to navigate her grief, she’s also forced to examine the truth about her parents’ rocky marriage, her unexpected feelings for a guy with leukemia, and the nagging health phobias that plague her on a daily basis. Ultimately, her journey down this road slowly paves the way for hope amid immeasurable loss.

In this heartfelt novel that Michael Chabon called “sad, funny, smart, and endlessly poignant,” Margo Rabb dives deep into the complicated emotions that befall a family after the death of a loved one.

wheel “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

wheel “Cures for Heartbreak is full of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” – Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep

wheel “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

wheel “Black humor, pitch-perfect detail, and compelling characters

wheel A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Young Adults

wheel A Booklist Editors’ Choice

wheel A Book Sense Children’s Pick

wheel An Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book

wheel A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

wheel A TAYSHAS High School Reading List Selection

wheel A Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book

wheel Winner, Writers’ League of Texas Book Award

wheel ★“Rabb leavens impossible heartbreak with surprising humor, delivered with a comedian’s timing and dark absurdity. Rabb is an exceptionally gifted writer… Readers will cherish this powerful debut.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

wheel ★ “When the last page turns, four new and fascinating people have been born into the reader’s consciousness.”–Kliatt (Starred Review)

wheel “Everybody, regardless of age, should read this novel–witty, warm, and gorgeous in its fearlessness.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

wheel “Told in the first person with humor and tears, Mia’s voice is authentic, and her story of family tragedy and healing rings true. Touching and tender.”
– Kirkus Reviews 

wheel “Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one will feel an immediate connection to Mia, the narrator of this intimate novel…it gives readers a keenly insightful study of grief.
”– Publishers Weekly