Anne Gudger

Anne Gudger is an autobiographical essayist who writes hard and loves harder. She’s been published in Real Simple Magazine, The Rumpus, and the Columbia Journal, among others, and has been a Best of the Net nominee twice.

She is also the co-founder of Coffee and Grief, a reading series that’s been thriving since March 2020 and hosts five curated readers every month reading on grief. Anne lives in Banks, Oregon with her beloved husband. The Fifth Chamber is her first book.


Annie is married and pregnant with her first child, and then on one fateful night, her husband dies in an accident. Now she must navigate single motherhood, mourning, and learning to love again. The Fifth Chamber is a tender and honest memoir about the dance of loss and life.

“There’s no one, and I mean no one, who writes like Anne Gudger. A balm to the heart and a hug and an ‘It’s so good, I wish I wrote that’ kind of beautiful.”
โ€”Jennifer Pastiloff, bestselling author of On Being Humanย 

This memoir was released on September 09, 2023. Order now on Bookshop or Barnes & Noble!