Noley Reid

NOLEY REID is the author of Pretend We Are Lovely, from Tin House Books. She lives in Newburgh, Indiana with her two best boys.


  • “In magnetic prose, Reid offers up a scrumptious novel about the things we use to save our fractured relationships.”

    O, the Oprah Magazine

  • “Reid transforms the story of a mentally ill mother setting off the implosion of a tight-knit nuclear family into a sharp-edged portrait of the ways in which each member of the family is shaped by the others, with no villains, only victims. . .  . A tense, vivid, and sharp novel.”

    Publishers Weekly, Best Books of Summer

  • “A family must navigate the secret currents of guilt, obsession, loss, and—most dangerous of all—hope in this pitch-perfect examination of two Southern seasons in 1982. . . . In prose that ambulates between stark, hallucinatory, fuddled, and chewy according to the guiding character’s point of view, Reid masterfully denies her novel the impulse to solve its characters’ problems.”

    Kirkus, Starred Review

  • “Haunting . . . Unfolding over the sticky days of a single summer and fall, Pretend We Are Lovely navigates the complicated waters of eating disorders and mental illness, parental guilt and the sometimes-fragile bonds of sisterhood.”