CLAIRE MESSUD ON LONG-LOST FRIENDSHIPS

Claire Messud and I talk about her new novel The Burning Girl, as well as Claire’s childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us. I’ve loved Claire’s work ever since I read The Emperor’s Children when I was living in Sydney. In the opening scene she captured so vividly what a certain set of creative people are like that I knew she must to have spent time in my hometown.

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KAITLYN GREENIDGE ON WRITING INTO TABOO TERRITORY

Kaitlyn Greenidge and I chat about her funny, strange and wonderful debut novel, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman.” The Freeman family–Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie–have been invited to the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment.

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ESTHER PEREL ON RETHINKING FIDELITY

Psychotherapist Esther Perel joins me to talk about her latest book “The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity,” the provocative follow up to her New York Times best-seller “Mating in Captivity.” This conversation, like Esther’s book, will no doubt push some buttons and leave you questioning–and perhaps rethinking–the boundaries of your romantic relationships.

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MATTHEW WEINER ON NOVEL WRITING & THE LEGACY OF MAD MEN

Renowned psychologist Dr. Meg Jay joins me on the pod this week to talk about her recent book Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience. Meg gives insights into how our childhoods shape us, how to go from surviving to thriving, and how channelling anger into action is a positive way to deal with adversity.

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