Claire Cook

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan outside her daughter's swim practice when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

"The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women’s fiction," according to The Times-Picayune. Good Housekeeping called her writing "laugh-out-loud," Redbook "gleefully quirky" and the Chicago Tribune "funny and pitch perfect." The Today show featured Claire as a "Today’s Woman."

Claire has been a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Beach Book Festival fiction and grand prize winner. She’s spoken and given keynotes at conferences from New Orleans to Denmark, and her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

Claire was a teacher for sixteen years before writing her first book, working with children from preschool to middle school, and teaching everything from multicultural games and dances, to writing, to open ocean rowing.

After many years in Massachusetts, Claire and her husband have moved to Atlanta to be closer to their two adult children, who actually want to hang out with them again.

Claire is now the USA Today bestselling author of eleven novels and her first nonfiction book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way). Find out more at