Hey there.

I’m Edan Lepucki, novelist and nonfiction writer. My books are California, Woman No. 17, and Time’s Mouth, and I edited Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019.

My essays and short stories have been published in Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, The Cut, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Kenyon Review, Romper, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. I teach creative writing at Caltech, and years ago I founded and ran (the since closed) Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Our tag line was: “Private writing school for the brave, enthusiastic, and talented.”

photo by Ralph Palumbo

I live in LA—where I was born and raised—with my husband and three kids. I’m currently at work on, yep, you guessed it, another novel.

I used to do a podcast called Mom Rage, and I used to write for The Millions (aka one of the very first literary blogs). I started this Substack because I missed those communities. I also longed for a new forum to share and think through my latest obsessions and preoccupations. In this Substack, I give myself license to explore what’s on my mind: what I’m reading, what I’m writing, what my kids are doing, how mothering feels. I also have scattered thoughts on anything from fashion to food to marriage to film. I write these missives to interrogate, to play, to connect, to delight.

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The life a novelist/mother in Los Angeles.


Bestselling novelist, mother of three, lover of radishes.