An Ornithologist's Guide to Life: Stories


  • Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. New York: Bantam, 1987. ISBN 0-553-34382-3
  • Waiting to Vanish. New York: Bantam, 1988. ISBN 978-0-553-34521-6
  • Three-Legged Horse. New York: Bantam, 1989. ISBN 978-0-553-34732-6
  • Something Blue. New York: Bantam, 1991. ISBN 978-0-553-07140-5
  • Places to Stay the Night. New York: Doubleday, 1993. ISBN 978-0-385-42556-8
  • The Properties of Water. New York: Doubleday, 1995. ISBN 978-0-385-47279-1
  • Ruby. New York: Picador, 1998. ISBN 978-0-312-19553-3
  • The Knitting Circle. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. ISBN 0-393-05901-4
  • The Red Thread. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010. ISBN 978-0-393-07020-0
  • The Obituary Writer. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013. ISBN 978-0-393-08142-8
  • An Italian Wife. New York: W.W. Norton, 2014. ISBN 978-0-393-24166-2
Young-adult novel
  • How I Saved My Father's Life (And Ruined Everything Else). New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-439-92819-9
Short story collection
  • Creating Character Emotions. New York: Story Press, 1998. ISBN 978-1-884910-33-3 (textbook)
  • Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time. New York: Picador, 2000. ISBN 978-0-312-24259-6 (memoir)
  • Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-06456-8 (memoir)
  • Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2013. (essay, anthology)

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