Heather Chaplin is the author, most recently, of Reckless Years, A Diary of Love and Madness, published by Simon & Schuster in 2017. Reckless Years was her first foray into memoir. In addition to her career as a journalist, Chaplin’s has essays have appeared in compilations and in publications such as The New York Times, The Cut, and Vogue, among other places.


Sometimes finding yourself isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for almost a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life, she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventure progresses, Chaplin's reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a dark reckoning she's avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin's own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Read an excerpt here.

Praise for Reckless Years

"Reckless Years is a hair-raising, lyrical, page-turning account of Heather Chaplin's ride into adulthood. It's also an instant classic."

bestselling author of Half a Life: A Memoir

"Shocking, searingly honest, brilliantly written. Reading this memoir is like being in a car speeding into an explosion and miraculously coming out on the other side."

New York Times best-selling author of Siracusa

"Reckless Years is a stunningly forensic account of the end of a marriage and its aftermath, which combines the honesty of memoir with the urgency of good fiction and a dry wit that, for all the darkness of the story, makes Chaplin a joy to spend time with."

author, She Left Me The Gun