The Heartbreak Years: A Memoir


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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Minda Honey's essays on politics and relationships have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Oxford American, Teen Vogue, and Longreads. She is the editor of Black Joy at Reckon News and was director of the BFA in Creative Writing program at Spalding University, an advice columnist for LEO Weekly in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of the alt-indie publication TAUNT. Her work is featured in Burn It Down: Women Writing about Anger, A Measure of Belonging: Twenty-One Writers of Color on the New American South, and Sex and the Single Woman: 24 Writers Reimagine Helen Gurley Brown's Cult Classic. For more information visit


"Honey's witty, frank storytelling makes this book compulsively readable. The insightful story of a Black-identified biracial woman's search for love." --Kirkus Reviews

"A nuanced and engaging narrative of a young woman struggling through love and heartbreak." --Booklist

"From hookups to situationships to relationships that are filled with emotional walls, Honey moves through her 20s the way most do: wildly but guarded, unable to love but desiring it....But The Heartbreak Years is more than that. It's about navigating the non-romantic heartbreaks of your 20s as well: the battle of working hard but not earning enough money, moving elsewhere only to back move home, feeling like an utter failure, and realizing you're disappointing yourself but not wanting to change badly enough." --Shondaland

"Every few decades, there's that one book that shapes directly how we all understand the potentially radical, and radically heartbreaking, space between touching and being touched, running to and running away...Minda Honey has created a momentous piece of art, of course, but most importantly, The Heartbreak Years will teach a generation of us what's possible when writing through, to, and beneath the pulpy inside of desire and fear." --Kiese Laymon, bestselling author of Long Division and Heavy

"If The Heartbreak Years were a person, it'd be the girl you meet in line for the bathroom at the club. Vulnerable, hilarious, there to whisper hard-earned wisdom into your ear while holding back your hair. Minda Honey has written a fierce rallying cry for the single and lovesick, for those who dare to see the hope in being a romantic. The stories in this book are vibrant, tender, self-aware without being jaded, compulsively readable but never easy. When some f'boy has got you down, Honey's words are an outstretched hand reaching to lift you back up." --Edgar Gomez, author of High-Risk Homosexual and Alligator Tears