Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the author of The Golden State, a 2018 National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree, and a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Read more of her work at

Lydia Kiesling


My Kids Forced Me To Embrace Therapy

I’d thought mental unwellness might just be an acceptable element of my personality.


I Spent Last Christmas With Carmela Soprano, And I Already Miss Her

During the pandemic, 'The Sopranos' felt like a second, dysfunctional family.


I’m Here To Warn You That The New James Bond Movie Is Haunted With Daddy Issues

Of course a kid showed up in the first movie I’ve seen in a theater since 2019.


Let Us Now Praise Disembodied Mom Friends

An ode to the pandemic-era group chat