Annabelle Gurwitch

Cindy Seip

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, and the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort, a Thurber Prize finalist. Her other books include Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She’s also written for various publications including The New Yorker; The New York Times; the Los Angeles Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Wall Street Journal; and Hadassah Magazine. In her newly published collection of essays You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility (Counterpoint), Gurwitch offers a hilarious chronicle of downward mobility – financial and emotional. In her stories, she embraces home-sharing as she welcomes a housing-insecure young couple and bunny rabbit into her home, wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie, and flunks the magic of tidying up. It’s a book for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Dave Barry called Gurwitch “so funny that, even when bad things happen, she writes about them in a brilliantly entertaining way.”