Michelle Herman’s most recent 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. A new essay collection, If You Say So, will be out in spring 2025. Michelle taught creative writing for many years at Ohio State, where she was a founder of the MFA program in creative writing. Since 2019, she has been dispensing advice every Sunday as a columnist for Slate.