VICTORIA LOUSTALOT is a twenty-seven-year-old journalist and essayist. She earned her B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Onion as well as online for AOL, iVillage, Women’s Wear Daily, Glamour Magazine’s relationship blog “Smitten,” Brides and the recently launched Crushable among others. She also wrote The New Yorker’s daily literary blog, “The Book Bench,” in 2008 and 2009. This Is How You Say Goodbye is her first book.