Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She’s lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she started writing for publication. Her memoir, A Three Dog Life, was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. She is also author of Safekeeping, a memoir, and Thinking About Memoir.
Thomas teaches fiction writing in the graduate program at The New School and lives in Woodstock, New York.
What Others are Saying About Abigail Thomas
“Abigail Thomas is a brilliant writer whose stories and memoirs I have loved for a long time. Now she has written a brilliant book about creating stories and memoirs, that is also a kind of memoir, rich with stories that made me sigh, laugh, wince with recognition, and actually even want to write. [Thinking About Memoir] is beautiful, charming, funny, painful, and will be of indescribable value and inspiration to anyone who wants to write anything.”
—Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird
“[Abigail Thomas’] A Three Dog Life is, I think, the best memoir I have ever read. It’s sad, terrifying, and scorchingly honest. It’s also a testament to the power of love, suggesting that even when love isn’t enough…somehow, it is.”
“[Abigail Thomas’] many gifts as a writer and deeply generous person show us what is possible when two brave people examine a reconfigured life—one that conjures the uncanny, spotlights the power of art, and amplifies the meaning and reach of love.”
—Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage