As soon as someone is coming from New York, I automatically think I have to get dressed up.
At the beginning, I really wanted to be home with my kid. I was a product of my generation. But in the suburbs, you are very isolated, really alone.
Everyone has early fiction fantasies, but it wasn't until my second child Betsy was born that I allowed the urge to write a novel bubble up.
I can only write about two or three pages of fiction a day.
I have such admiration for Whoopi Goldberg as an actress and a general smart person.
I love being a grandparent. I'm one of those you want to avoid - I pull out the iPhone and say, 'Hey, wanna see my camera roll?'
I never failed at anything in fiction.
I see myself as writing biographies, the complete story of someone's life.
I was always the weirdo who wanted to have an egalitarian service in synagogue and felt I was always going against the grain.
I've had lots of commercial success. I've also had some terrible reviews and some wonderful reviews.
It's not that I'm apolitical... In my youth, I was a freelance political speechwriter, which taught me a lot about writing fiction, I must add.
Just as you can accept Miss Marple going to tea with the vicar, there's no reason why Long Island can't have a universality to it.
Our culture is so celebrity-obsessed that for individuals to show they matter, they need to display their intimacy to fame.
Style is not my long suit, but I'm really fascinated by it.
There are days where I lose track of time, of place, of everything else, because I've been transported to another universe.
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