Susan Cheever

Cheever284“Women’s currency is their looks. Like it or not, the most powerful woman is an 18-year-old woman.”–Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever, born July 31, 1943, is well-known for her biographies and memoirs, including Home Before Dark, in which she writes about her family. Much like her father, John Cheever, she suffered from a substance abuse problem. Now in recovery, Cheever uses her past struggles with substance abuse and sex addiction to inform several meaningful memoirs and essays. From Henry David Thoreau, to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margret Fuller Cheever has authored many biographies. Aside from nonfiction, she also has several novels published, including Doctors and Women and The Cage. Cheever has several essays in which she talks about women’s issues, including “Baby Battle,” that appeared in the 2006 anthology Mommy Wars. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College and at The New School. Cheever has two children, a son and a daughter.


Susan Chreever’s works include:

  • a poet’s life: ee cummings, 2014
  • Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction, 2008
  • As Good As I could Be, 2002
  • Home Before Dark, 1999
  • Treetops, 1999
  • Doctors and Women, 1987
  • The Cage, 1982


Susan Cheever’s awards include:

  • L. L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1985
  • National Book Critic’s Circle Award nominee
  • Boston Globe’s Winship Medal winner, 1985
  • New York Public Library Literary Lion, 1984
  • Guggenheim fellow, 1984
  • Associated Press award winner
  • Part of the Newsday Pulitzer Prize winning, 1979



Chelsey Clammer
Chelsey Clammer is an award-winning essayist who has been published in The Rumpus, Essay Daily, The Water~Stone Review and Black Warrior Review among many others. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown. Her first collection of essays, BodyHome, was released from Hopewell Publishing in Spring 2015. Her second collection of essays, There Is Nothing Else to See Here, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub. You can read more of her writing at

One Reply to “Susan Cheever”

  1. The woman’s looks stuff I agree with. But not the age. Right now Angelina Jolie is probably the (or one of the) most powerful, and she’s way past 18. But gorgeous. Totally gorgeous and powerful.

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