Originally from New York, Hope Edelman is an internationally bestselling author, speaker, writing instructor, and coach. She has published seven books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters (Da Capo Books), Motherless Mothers (HarperCollins), and The Possibility of Everything (Ballantine).
Motherless Daughters is widely considered the beloved and go-to book for millions of women whose mothers have died. It has been published in 17 countries and inspired more than 60 support groups around the world, from Melbourne to Chicago to London to Dubai. Cheryl Strayed has called Motherless Daughters, “an essential and illuminating must-read for anyone who has lost a mother or loves someone who did.”
Hope is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach specializing in grief, early loss, and creativity. She is the co-founder of Motherless Daughters Retreats, offering one-day workshops and four-day retreats to help motherless women revisit and reassess their early losses; get unstuck; and build community among others who share similar stories.
Hope has also been teaching nonfiction writing since the mid-1990s at Antioch University-LA, Northwestern University (her alma mater), The University of Iowa (her other alma mater), The University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Ohio State University. She can be found every summer teaching workshops at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City, home of her heart.
Her next book, The Aftergrief, will explore the natural, lifelong arc of grief traveled by anyone who’s lost a significant loved one in the past. She’ll be launching her first set of online webinars, courses, and coaching programs in 2020.
Hope lives in Los Angeles, where she raised two daughters and six cats, though not all at the same time.