In a profile in the Telegraph, A.M. Homes outs herself as a Girl Scout leader, which is kinda hilarious given that her book The End of Alice was banned all over the place for its depiction of a friendship between a teenager and a pedophile.
I thought her new book was great, and relatively optimistic, given her past body of work. The interview shed some light on where that optimism might've come from:
The other big event that changed the course of her fiction was becoming a mother. Her daughter, Juliet, is now nine. 'Having a child and a family, I not only feel obligated to be hopeful, but I want to be hopeful,’ she says. 'I want to push back against the pessimism. I can’t bear to accept that everything is basically going to shit. And everything is: the economy, the family, the social structures, the class divide, the political process in this country, global warming, random violence from terrorism. Unless you want to live in denial, I feel that you have to train yourself to find hope. The logical response is to get incredibly depressed, but what’s the point of that? Especially if you’ve got children.’
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