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Maybe you know a Marjorie Moore; maybe you are one. She’s dauntless, desperate, and a little bit delusional. In her debut novel, Manhattan-based writer Christie Grotheim delves deep into the American heartland to explore a flawed search for fulfillment. Her lovable protagonist’s insatiable desires and misguided antics shed light on our own search for escapes—and search for self—and perhaps that is why we cheer her on wholeheartedly.

Protagonist Marjorie Moore, trying to overcompensate for her difficult childhood, always wants more—and as a result, often feels she ends up with less. Forever searching elsewhere, she is consumed with wanting, or in her opinion, needing. Feeling trapped by her town and her family, she escapes through obsessive shopping, pill popping, and fantasizing about a possible affair with a friend from high school with whom she reconnects on Facebook. Her growing credit card debt “forces” her to sell prescription drugs—which she secures at her receptionist job at the local hospital—to her dysfunctional friends. As her web of lies at home and work unravels, Margie wrestles with whether she is capable of becoming present in her own life.


Astute and provocative, Grotheim’s prose captures many of life’s dichotomies—masks versus authenticity, recklessness versus stability, and searching versus finding—in this moving debut novel.

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PUBLIshed Work

Soaring Past My
Midlife Crisis

As 40 approached, I faced many night terrors, but when I grabbed the trapeze, all my anxiety fell to earth.

personal essay on Salon.com

Where East Meets West

Leaving the comfort of the East Village, a move of two miles felt a world away.

personal essay on MrBellersNeighborhood.com

Petrolicious Series

15-part Series on adventures and breakdowns on an eight-week road trip around the US in an 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car

essay series for Petrolicious.com

Photographic Memories

After 9/11, two photographs became

prized possessions

personal essay on MrBellersNeighborhood.com


Marfa, TX

A World of Art Way Out West

article for Travelmag.com

Real Estate Rhetoric:

A User's Guide

Defining the state of Real Estate

in NYC

humor essay on MrBellersNeighborhood.com


My Roommate
Ruined My Life

When I moved in with a perfectly lovely women, I discovered just how much I had to hide.

personal essay on Salon.com


An attempt at self-improvement after a bad break up resulted in faulty dental work and trauma far worse than the break up itself.

long-from personal essay on Ducts.org

Served With Soul

Harlem's Culinary Renaissance

article in Courier Magazine


Exploring Fez

And Its Magical Medina

travel essay for TravelMag.com

The Client Who Cried Wolf

A designer finds a very creative solution to dealing with a difficult client.

personal essay on TheReset.com

After the Ball Drops

A listical of a cynical New Yorker's New Year's Resolutions that just might not be futile

humor essay for The New York Observer

City Limits

After breaking out of the limits of her small Texas town, it took years to  appreciate coming home again.

personal essay for West View News

What I Found by
Getting Lost

A Guide to Getting Lost in the West Village

article for West View News

A Taste For Trouble

A determined dachshund develops a love of street food.

personal essay on Ducts.org



Meandering Through Medieval Gamla Stan

Article for TravelMag.com

readings and events
Guerrilla Lit Reading Series
Oct 30, 2019, 7:30 PM
161A Chrystie St, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA
I'll be reading from my novel, The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live, along with debut authors Sara Faring and Kris Waldherr. Join us for a lovely evening at the wonderful Dixon Place!
Easton Book Festival
Oct 26, 2019, 11:30 AM
229 Church St, 229 Church St, Easton, PA 18042, USA
I'm thrilled and honored to be participating in the Easton Book Festival on Saturday, October 26th and 27th. Please think about being a part of this fantastic festival if you're in the area!
Crystal Radio Sessions Launch!
Oct 12, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Crystal Radio Sessions is a new reading series co-hosted and curated by Christie Grotheim, Rachel Aydt and Ashley Mayne. Join us for our launch on October 12th, with readers James Charlesworth, Rhea Dhanboora, Stephanie Jimenez, and David Ryan!

Lyrics, Lit & Liquor Reading Series

In January of 2018, I read a humor piece called
"A Second Round of Firsts" on the horrors, er, challenges of aging. Please join me here at
the charming East Village institution 2A and have a listen! 

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