Debby Mayer is the author of a memoir, "Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen," and a novel, "Sisters." Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker and numerous literary magazines.
She is the recipient of two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, one in fiction, for an excerpt from "Sisters," and one in creative nonfiction, for an excerpt from "Riptides."
She writes the blog 2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us, at debbymayer.blogspot.com.
The former editorial director of the Publications Office at Bard College, she is a contributing editor for The Columbia Paper. After decades in New York—state and city—she now lives in San Diego.
Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen
Part mystery, part love story, part report from the medical front in the United States today, "Riptides" is a searing chronology of devastating illness, of being caught in the maw of hospitals, of unthinkable decision-making and small, unexpected solaces. Tightly written, fact-based, it is never maudlin, and it offers an element of hope without sentimentality.
Awards and Recognition
- New York Foundation for the Arts: creative nonfiction, for "Therapy Dogs," an excerpt from "Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen"; fiction, for a short story, "The Secretary"
Press and Media Mentions
- "Debby Mayer has written personal nonfiction that reads like a novel. Riptides will grip its readers by the shoulders and compel their attention from beginning to end. Mayer leaves readers with that elusive sense of catharsis that only art can provide." George Held, Wilderness House Literary Review “Therapy Dogs” is lovely. One of the great challenges of writing about illness is how easily a character can be swallowed by it. That, of course, is also the problem of loving someone who's ill. —Peter Trachtenberg, Author of The Book of Calamities For all its modern idiom and mores, Sisters has an old-fashioned, and for me irresistible, theme: a true heroine struggling to live up to her best instincts. I read it with great pleasure. —Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Author of Leaving Brooklyn Debby Mayer wields unadorned prose with grace, and refuses to waste her readers’ time. She communicates with conviction and joy. —Parry Teasdale, Editor and Publisher, The Columbia Paper