Hope Edelman is the author of six nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Possibility of Everything. Her books have been published in 17 countries and 11 languages and have almost a million copies in print. Her most recent book, the bestselling Along the Way, is a collaboration with the actors and filmmakers Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez about their 50-year father-son relationship.
An expert in the field of early mother loss and mother-daughter relationships, Hope speaks at venues and conferences all over the world and has appeared frequently on television, including Today, Good Morning America, CNN, KTLA, CBC, and Good Morning Australia. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, Self, Real Simple, and Writer’s Digest and she is sought after as a personal essayist whose work has appeared in many anthologies.
The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, Hope is a member of Northwestern’s Council of 100, a group of 100 notable women alumni that mentors female students and recent graduates. She was recently inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement, an honor reserved for fewer than 1 percent of the school’s graduates. Equally committed to helping motherless families and emerging young writers, she has been a board member of PEN USA, Motherless Daughters Inc., and Motherless Daughters of Orange County, as well as an Advisory Board member at Mommy’s Light.
Hope lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and two daughters. She teaches writing at Antioch University-LA year round, and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival every July.