Cures for Heartbreak (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak; both received four starred reviews and were named to multiple best-of-the-year lists. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Seventeen and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, NY, and currently lives near Philadelphia with her family. Visit her online at

Praise For…

“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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

“Black humor, pitch-perfect detail, and compelling characters make this a terrific read.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“Rabb leavens impossible heartbreak with surprising humor, delivered with a comedian’s timing and dark absurdity. Readers will cherish this powerful debut.” — ALA Booklist (starred review)

“A compelling as well as tearful read.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

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

“When the last page turns, four new and fascinating people have been born into the reader’s consciousness.” — KLIATT (starred review)

“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

“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

“Cures for Heartbreak is full of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”- — Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep and American Wife

“Margo Rabb’s story beautifully brings together the intensely personal and the historical, and rings with the authenticity of a bitter, yet illuminating truth.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“In a wry, introspective first-person narrative (sections of which were previously published as short stories), Mia examines the ripple effects of this tragedy, showing how grief and loss infiltrate her life. An artful mix of the poignant and the sometimes comically mundane.” — The Horn Book

“A witty, matter-of-fact, and heartfelt look at what grief means to one teenager. The light, everyday comedy born of a series of disasters prevents the book from becoming maudlin. Peripheral characters are delightfully, even frighteningly, real in their details.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“This novel gets at the blinding ache of grief, while also managing to be very funny, very smart, and addictively readable. This is truly a gorgeous and important book, one I’ve been pressing onto friends and their teenaged kids.” — Cookie Magazine

“Rabb concentrates not on the brooding and self-pity that can often permeate this type of novel but on an examination of death’s antithesis—love. Each chapter collides and colludes to offer both the familiar and the uncharted with humorous and touching detail, breaking and mending the reader’s heart in turns.” —

“Intense, poignant but also very funny, Mia’s story of the year following her mother’s death explores the nature of grief as it is experienced by a Jewish teenager. There is much pain in the story but also much wisdom, not to mention a smart look at school, friendship, and romance.” — Association of Jewish Libraries

“Mia’s full of conflicting emotions that are expressed in sometimes humorous ways. It’s an experience that will help people understand grieving and know there is recovery.” — Detroit Free Press

“A powerful debut with unforgettable characters and important things to tell us about family, history, death, love, and philosophy. It’s a story that will heal your own heart.” —

“Humor carries this novel, preventing it from being maudlin. Reminiscent of Mexican milagros, those small religious charms nailed on sacred objects to denote miracles, it is through a series of seemingly small experiences that a shattered heart is miraculously mended.” — Ingram Library Services

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062471567
ISBN-10: 0062471562
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English