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You're Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility

You're Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility

by Annabelle Gurwitch

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort comes a timely and hilarious chronicle of downward mobility, financial and emotional.

With signature "sharp wit" (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proves that our no-frills new normal doesn't mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up.

You're Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.


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ISBN-13: 9781640094475
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 160,407
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress, activist, and New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort (a Thurber Prize finalist). Other books: Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She’s written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Hadassah Magazine amongst other publications and is currently adapting You're Leaving When? for HBO with Bill Maher executive producing, centering on her Los Angeles Times op-ed about hosting an at-risk housing insecure couple in her home which was recognized with a 2020 Los Angeles Press Club excellence in journalism award. Gurwitch was the longtime co-host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS; a regular commentator on NPR; host of WA$TED for the Discovery Channel, the news anchor of HBO’s award-winning Not Necessarily the News, and a resident humorist for TheNation.com. Her acting credits include: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Boston Legal, Dexter, and Melvin Goes to Dinner. She performs on the Moth Mainstage, Carolines on Broadway, and at arts centers around the country. Gurwitch thought she'd be empty nesting by now; instead, she lives with her cat and child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020. She co-hosts the Tiny Victories podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network, which Vulture called a “bright spot of light and laughter in 2020.”

Table of Contents

Introduction: I Thought There'd Be Coasting 3

Homeward Bound 13

Stuffed 21

Silver Nesting 33

Red Flags 41

The _____ That Changes Everything 57

If You Lived with Me You'd Be Home by Now 73

Spirited Away 95

They Got the Alias That We've Been Living Under 111

Lubepocalypse Now! 129

Dear Girlfriends 149

You're Doing All the Right Things, Everything Is Going to Work Out 157

Free to Be … They and Them 173

You're Leaving When? 183

In a Muted Zoom No One Can Hear You Scream 199

Acknowledgments 211

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