I'm thrilled to announce my memoir When She Comes Back (Motina Books 2021) is now available!

Praise for When She Comes Back!

“A beautifully written and wrenching story of abandonment and resilience, When She Comes Back grabbed me by the heart. I could not put this powerful memoir down.”

ASPEN MATIS, bestselling author of Your Blue Is Not My Blue and Girl in the Woods

“Plank’s story will feel relatable to anyone who has ever wondered if their family is β€œnormal,” or experienced the more routine childhood trauma of divorce. Empathetic, richly detailed, and self-aware, When She Comes Back is a heartbreaking, hopeful story about loss, resilience, and growing up too soon.”

ERICA C. BARNETT, author of Quitter

“In this fascinating coming-of-age memoir, Ronit Plank poignantly explores the resilience of a child longing for her mother and ultimately leads us along her path to reconciliation. When She Comes Back is a stunning debut.”

JASON ALLEN, author of The East End

When She Comes BackΒ is available in audio, print, and Kindle.

You can order When She Comes Back here (or contact your local indie bookstore directly and request my book):

When She Comes Back is available in audio, print, and Kindle.

You can order When She Comes Back here (or contact your local indie bookstore directly and request my book):

About The Book

π™’π™π™šπ™£ π™Žπ™π™š π˜Ύπ™€π™’π™šπ™¨ π˜½π™–π™˜π™  is a coming-of-age memoir set in the 70s and 80s about losing my mother to a guru in India, giving up power, growing up too fast, and what happens when the person your life revolves around can’t stay. Ronit was six years old when her mother left her and her four-year-old sister for India to follow a cult guru at the center of Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, whose commune was responsible for the largest biological attack on U.S. soil, preached that children were hindrances and encouraged sterilizations among his followers. Luckily Ronit’s father, who’d left the family the previous year, stepped up and brought the girls to live with him first in Newark, New Jersey, and later in Flushing, Queens. On the surface, his nurturing was the balm Ronit sought, but she soon paid a second emotional price, taking on the role of partner and confidant to him, and substitute mother to her sister. By the end of her childhood, Ronit would discover she had lost her mother and the close and trusting relationship she once had with her father. Though they have had a relationship now for years, she grappled with the toll her mother’s leaving took, measuring her self-worth by her absence.

When She Comes Back is the story of a family trying to find itself, grownups who don’t know how to be adults, and the pain a child feels when she discovers that her love for her mother is not enough to make that parent stay. When She Comes Back is also a story of resilience and reconciliation, how rejection by the most important person in Ronit’s life ultimately led to an unflagging commitment to, and love for her own children.

Some Background on My Story

My essay Beyond the Spectacle of Wild Wild Country:


My essay I Can’t Shake the Guru Bhagwan in THE RUMPUS TOP 20 OF 2018:


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