Kathleen West is a writer, teacher, reader, and semi-professional minivan driver. A life-long Minnesotan, she holds degrees from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Her debut novel, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes, will be out from Berkley (Penguin Random House) on February 4, 2020. She lives in Minneapolis with her hilarious husband, their two sporty sons, and an ill-behaved goldendoodle.


Kathleen reads about a book a week. Check out her Goodreads shelf to see her current recommendations. Life’s too short to read the wrong books. If she finished it, she recommends it.


Kathleen has been writing forever. Since 2004, she’s kept some of her writing—about her crazy and fascinating family, her engrossing teaching career, her amusing fitness endeavors (Zumba, anyone?) and her daily minor catastrophes—on her blog.