Robin Antalek, acclaimed author of The Summer We Fell Apart, is featured in TNB Books’ new collection, The Beautiful Anthology, where she wrote about her daughter’s tattoo. Here, Antalek answers a few essential questions about beauty:


What’s the most beautiful place you’ve even been, and why is it beautiful?

The moment right after giving birth, when the pain is gone and the baby is healthy. Everything stopped, and nothing mattered but the now.


When did you feel least beautiful?

If there is an occasion where I “have to” dress up. It feels like a costume party in the worst way.


Other thoughts on beauty?

There is so much beauty in the quiet, in-between spaces of a day. Pay attention.

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4 responses to “Beautiful Views: Robin Antalek”

  1. James D. Irwin says:

    Beauty in the quiet. Absolutely.

    Can’t wait to read your essay, just as soon as my copy of the anthology crosses the Atlantic…

  2. Beatrice "Bibi" Chernikoff says:

    The quiet, in-between spaces: yes!

  3. kristen says:

    When nothing matters but the now… Yes.

    Lovely responses.

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