The Daylight Marriage was published in 2015 by Algonquin Books
The Daylight Marriage was named an Indie Next pick. Entertainment Weekly featured the book as a “Must Read,” and along with The Guardian and Harper’s Bazaar, named it “the next Gone Girl.” The book was chosen as a best beach read by Coastal Living Magazine, Family Circle, The Advocate, and Health Magazine.
“Pitlor merges a shocking crime story with an incisive portrait of a failed marriage. The result is novel that is fast-moving, emotionally complex and ultimately heartbreaking.”—Tom Perrotta
“The novel’s suspense lasts right until its shocking climax, but the ‘messy, wonderful, excruciating lives’ of its characters linger in the mind long after the last page.”—The Boston Globe
“Hypnotically readable—I absolutely couldn’t put it down. The structure is brilliant, and I turned the pages with increasing dread. This book is terrific.”—Stephen King
“A page-turning exploration of unexpressed love and unnecessary loss. Riveting and heartbreaking.”—Geraldine Brooks
“The easy blending of crime and family narrative deftly cracks open the closed world of Lovell and Hannah’s marriage. In this exploration of a woman lost, and a lost love, Pitlor exposes every secret—frustrations, weaknesses, ugliness—to the harsh light of day.”—Toronto Star
“Thoughtful, lyrical, unforced…A perfect microscope with which to examine the inexhaustible fascinations of marriage.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Understated and plausible… We learn the truth about what happened to Hannah in a way that’s all the more disturbing for its subtlety.”—Entertainment Weekly
“What is the true horror in this story? Is it waking up to a missing spouse and all the terrible things that could mean? Or is it that one impulsive decision can result in an unalterable fate?’’—Los Angeles Review of Books
The Birthdays was published in 2006 by W.W. Norton.
The Birthdays was a Book Sense Top 20 pick, a Border’s Original Voices selection, and a Boston Globe bestseller. People praised the novel’s “sharp insights” and The Guardian said, “Pitlor’s achievement is to give her characters individual fascination… believable and stirring.”
"Beautifully rounded, wonderfully balanced, The Birthdays offers a rare portrait of a family caught exactly at the moment when generations shift roles. Heidi Pitlor is a wonderful writer, and her characters come alive on the page."--Andrea Barrett
"Pitlor writes with a delicate hand to absorbing effect."--Entertainment Weekly