What Writers Do

What Writers Do

Boston Globe Bestseller

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"A work of art."

            –The Charlotte Observer

"Dark, sexy, and profoundly original-a Texas-hot family saga unlike any other. A brilliant and thought- provoking novel from the extravagantly talented Abigail DeWitt."

            –Lee Smith, author of Mrs. Darcy Meets the Blue-Eyed Stranger

"Abigail DeWitt's carefully crafted and emotionally intelligent new novel DOGS is unnerving in the way that the best fiction can be, artfully depicting our common experiences with candor and grace. Dogs, sex, food, errant siblings, difficult parents, the brutality of high school, the life of the mind: is there anything worthy of our attention that DeWitt does not notice? It has been a long time since I have read a novel that so accurately describes the contradictory nature of desire."

           –Michael Parker, author of If You Want Me to Stay

"Molly Moore is a remarkable character and her story is a compelling one in this beautifully written novel of secrets and desires."

           –Ron Rash, author of Serena

"Who knew a "bad girl" could be so innocent, so smart, so complex?... engaging...and poignant"

           –Library Journal

"…deeply moving…In captivating detail, DeWitt aptly captures the hungry desperation of teenagers…Molly's struggle…comes brilliantly to life. The…prose glistens…the kind of novel that deepens one's understanding of love and family. Truly illuminating…"


"DeWitt's prose is nuanced and her characters are finely shaded."


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"Engrossing and ambitious…Lili's life…is a rich and complex subject."

          –Valerie Martin, New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinary…Abigail DeWitt brings to life here a woman of sly and wondrous contradictions. Lili's hold on the reader will be no less ferocious than her grasp on life."

          –Susan Dodd, author of Mamaw

"An insightful, gripping novel with the ambition and courage to engage the timeless issues of the human condition."

          –Chapel Hill News

"Lili has the depth and fullness and solidity of a nineteenth-century character—a Jamesian character—walking through the pages of a twentieth-century novel: that is the remarkable achievement of DeWitt's work."

          –Southern Pines' The Pilot

"DeWitt's wise, lyrical, elegant and deliciously sensual first novel is a rare pleasure from start to finish, 'feminine' in the way Colette's work is—sophisticated, sensual, charming, witty—and yet also 'domestic' in precisely the way Katherine Mansfield's stories are. What a combination!"

           –Michelle Herman, author of A New and Glorious Life.

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Abigail DeWitt’s short fiction, an essay about writing, and photographs of her writing studio appear in the anthology, What Writers Do, along with work by John Updike, Frank McCourt, Sharon Olds and others.

Reviewing the anthology, Shannon Ravenel wrote: “From Julia Alvarez’s explanation about why her haiku-a-month project failed to Abigail DeWitt’s confession that all her characters are versions of herself, this book is a treasure trove.”