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Publisher Description

The author of It’s Okay to Laugh and host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—interviews that are “a gift to be able to listen [to]” (New York Times)—returns with more hilarious meditations on her messy, wonderful, bittersweet, and unconventional life.

Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year.

But in the wake of loss, we get to assemble something new from whatever is left behind. Some circles call finding happiness after loss “Chapter 2”—the continuation of something else. Today, Nora is remarried and mothers four children aged 16 months to 16 years. While her new circumstances bring her extraordinary joy, they are also tinged with sadness over the loved ones she’s lost.

Life has made Nora a reluctant expert in hard conversations. On her wildly popular podcast, she talks about painful experiences we inevitably face, and exposes the absurdity of the question “how are you?” that people often ask when we’re coping with the aftermath of emotional catastrophe. She knows intimately that when your life falls apart, there’s a mad rush to be okay—to find a silver lining, to get to the happy ending. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers a tragicomic exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us.

No Happy Endings is a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s a book for people who know that they’re moving forward, not moving on. It’s a book for people who know life isn’t always happy, but it isn’t the end: there will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 26
Dey Street Books

Customer Reviews

Mokcljill ,


Nora says things we are all thinking and feeling! She knows how to put it into words! So therapeutic! Keep it up Nora!

ElizabethJR ,

Realness delivered

Nora continues to offer truth around the complexities of life, death, and everything in between. She takes us along to laugh and cry with her. There are few people that offer the depth of honesty that she does. Read this and her two other books. She’s a treasure.

crhogan242 ,

Absolutely wonderful

I lost my fiancé and navigating life after that has been rough, but TTFA and this book have helped me immensely in so many ways. I can’t say enough good things about this book, super funny and also so touching and heartfelt.

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