Michelle Herman’s newest book is the novel Close-Up. She’s the author of three earlier novels – Missing, Dog, and Devotion – and the novella collection A New and Glorious Life, as well as three essay collections – The Middle of EverythingStories We Tell Ourselves, and Like A Song – and a book for children, A Girl’s Guide to Life. She has taught creative writing for many years at Ohio State and dispenses advice every Sunday as a columnist for Slate.