Her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, appeared in 1986. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Surrender the Pink was published in 1991, followed by Delusions of Grandma in 1993. The Best Awful There Is" was published in 2004, followed by Wishful Drinking in 2008. The last was made into a one-woman play that has played in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.