Cures for Heartbreak
by Margo Rabb
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.
“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
“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
★“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)