- Lori Horvitz, The Girls of Usually

"In the back of my underwear drawer, I left notes for myself: By the time you read this, you'll be happier and have bigger breasts! But for now, I practiced magic routines in front of my pocket poodle, Sunshine, the only family member I could hold and hug."

"Reading Lori Horvitz’s

The Girls of Usually feels like calling up an old friend and talking late into the night. Deeply intimate and wickedly funny, these are essays to be treasured."

-Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines

"These smart, witty, and heartbreaking essays are pure magic and Lori Horvitz is, truly, a magician of the form."                                                         

  —Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of Dandarians

"Horvitz writes with a fine balance of wit and poignancy, deftly delivering her stories in a way that feels both personal and universal. The Girls of Usually is a read that stays with you—unsettling, complicated, and wholly rewarding."

—Artis Henderson, author

of Unremarried Widow

Lori Horvitz

Lori Horvitz is a writer whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Epiphany, South Dakota Review, Southeast Review, Hotel Amerika, and Chattahoochee Review. Her book of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, has recently been published (2015) by Truman State University Press. Horvitz is Professor of Literature and Language at University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and women, gender and sexuality studies...