I Miss You When I Blink: Mary Laura Philpott

★★★★

Mary Laura Philpott’s I Miss You When I Blink is a hilariously relatable collection of essays about Philpott’s life as a quintessentially type A and unfulfilled forty-something mother and wife.

I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott

Huge thank you to Atria for this free book!

Mary Laura is a mother, a wife, a friend, a successful writer, and is sort of miserable. How did her life choices lead her to the unhappiness she feels in mediocre office jobs, Atlanta traffic, her own home.

Philpott sifts through the periods of her life that may have lead to her rut in a way that is sharply honest, wholly relatable, and side-stitching funny. She explores her relationships with her mother, husband, and children, career aspirations, and her geographic location to better understand why she’s so Type A and so unfulfilled and ultimately how to fix that.

Content Warning

Please take caution while reading I Miss You When I Blink if any of the following topics may trigger you:

  • Animal death
  • Mental illness

My Thoughts

I freaking love I Miss You When I Blink, and for so many reasons. Philpott is enthusiastic, witty, and so transparent about her struggles with unfulfilment. She spreads her frustrations with her life out on the board for all to see, and without shame. Being a mother, being a wife does not have to be everything you need in life – it’s okay to feel restless, say you want more, and go after what you want.

I Miss You When I Blink is a memoir-in-essays; Philpott hones in on moments of her life and dives into the memories headfirst. Each story carries readers through the aspects of her life that led to and out of her rut. She’s wistful but down-to-earth, hilarious but serious, and brutally honest about herself but tender with her loved ones.

This book is genuinely very funny. Philpott strikes the perfect balance between self-deprecating and confident, all while cranking out one-liners that will make you pause and laugh out loud.

I would highly recommend this fabulous memoir-in-essays to anyone, but particularly to people concerned with their lives passing them by, mothers, and all my fellow Type A peeps. This is not one to be missed!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on I Miss You When I Blink. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya.

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