Selected for Editors' Picks/Best of the Month, May 2018. 

Vanity Fair

"Mother, is that you? Joanna Cantor turns the crushing death of a parent into an urbane adventure with her debut novel, Alternative Remedies for Loss (Bloomsbury)." From What to Read in May by Sloane Crosley.

Real Simple

"Joanna Cantor’s debut novel is sure to become the Eat, Pray, Love for the millennial generation." From The Best Books of 2018 (So Far).


"After the death of her mother, a young woman throws herself into the fast-paced Manhattan media world to escape the loss, and is instead taken on a cross-continental journey to uncover secrets from her mother's past." From 14 Books We Can't Wait to Read in May.

Publishers Weekly

"[A] stellar debut...Cantor’s novel is not only full of unexpected turns but hits all the right emotional notes." Read Full Review


"A sharp and witty glimpse inside a functionally dysfunctional family, Cantor's first novel is heartbreakingly honest. Fans of Helen Fielding, Emma Straub, and Maggie Shipstead will appreciate Olivia's zest for life and capacity for personal growth. With a delightfully imperfect heroine, vibrant settings, and snappy dialogue, this is a whip-smart debut." Read Full Review (login required)