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Today I'm speaking with a Chicago author who is currently promoting her new novel The Sunshine When She's Gone, which is of interest to me because it's about a couple struggling to manage the ways their lives have turned upside-down since having a child (check) and what happens when one of them suddenly absconds with the baby to Barbados (a hypothetical check, because I would like to go to Barbados but maybe not with the baby.) Thea Goodman’s short stories have appeared in New England Review, Other Voices, Columbia, Confrontation and The Brooklyn Review among other journals. You can find out a lot more about her here.
Tell me about how you chose the book’s title. It’s evoking Bill Withers but not quite.
This is a popular women's blog topic that has always fascinated me. The things the average woman carries around in her purse says a lot about her. I tend to carry a gigantic tote bag with me that doubles as a black hole, so I figured I'd bare myself to the world and let you peek inside my purse to see what are "my essentials." Don't judge me! I haven't cleaned it out in awhile.
The novel examines the insular life of a little boy who has to grapple with the knowledge that the millions of people who love him have no idea who he his while coming of age as he's being raised by a tough mom-ager. Wayne is a frequent contributor to other publications (including The New Yorker) and is also the author of the novel Kapitoil. You can learn a lot more about him here.
How did you ensure a level of believability for an 11-year-old kid (aside from marketing speak?) What changes did you make throughout the process to make sure that it was accurate?
So this is a new one: Thursday evening I will be interviewed while getting my hair cut live in front of an audience. It's Monique Madrid's show "B*tch, I'll Cut You" and I am the b in question this week. As I get snipped and interviewed, hilarious commentary will be provided by Kelsie Huff, Justin Kaufmann and Corey Rittmaster, plus enjoy a performance from She's Crafty, an all-female Beastie Boys tribute band. You can find out more here.
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