I’m promoting my new novel, ADMISSION, which is set in the Princeton admissions office, and trying not to freak out as my 17 year old daughter gets ready to apply to college.
2. What was your biggest challenge completing your current project?
Doing justice to the cultural hot spots that Ivy League admissions offices have become. Where else, in our society, are so many of our national preoccupations (like race, class, parenthood, tradition, diversity, even the very idea of “fairness”) converging?
3. What are you doing for fun or relaxation?
Serving as Groupie-in-Chief for my husband’s band, Rackett, and dancing at their monthly gig downtown.
4. Last movie or play you saw?
My 9 year old son and I just saw GUYS AND DOLLS on Broadway. He’s been singing “Sit down you’re rocking the boat” ever since.
5. Best part about being your age?
Letting go of the ambition I had to be successful at a young age.
6. Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself?
I’m still inventing myself the first time around. I like how I’m turning out.
7. You went from being a violinist/tree surgeon to a tight rope walker/astronaut/, how did you do it?
Uh oh…don’t understand this question…
8. What do you know now that you didn’t know when you were 35?
At 35 I still hadn’t accepted the fact that I need to exercise every day. Now I have, and I’m not wasting my energy resenting it or my time whining about it. I’m just getting on with it.
9. What’s next for you?
I’m writing a novel about a woman who thinks she has the perfect husband, the perfect marriage, the perfect life. Hah!
10. What do you value most in life?
Everything. I value everything.