Bonnie Pipkin believes in prose, performances, puppet shows, and public displays of affection. Originally from California, Bonnie now lives in Brooklyn. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaches literature courses at Kean University, officiates weddings, and looks after a very cute cat. Aftercare Instructions is Bonnie’s first novel.
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Thank you, Tegan (The Rowdy Librarian)! The idea for the book came from many different experiences and observations of life. I wanted to approach the…more
Thank you, Tegan (The Rowdy Librarian)! The idea for the book came from many different experiences and observations of life. I wanted to approach the topic of abortion without the journey to the choice. The choice had to be made before the novel, and be one she was confident about in terms of morality. Though of course, Genesis does reflect as she heals, she doesn't regret the decision. There is no shame. Also, theater has been an important part of my understanding of myself and has helped me through many dark times, so I knew I wanted that to be a part of her healing journey (healing not just physically from the abortion, of course, but from the break up, and the things she had to confront about her past). Finally, I got the idea for the script scene flashbacks because I feel like we distill our memories this way: into scenes and moments, and how they all piece together to inform our current situation. Looking back on these moments in life can feel like looking at a movie or a play. Plus I knew I had to show the good parts of Peter since he does something so horrible right as the book opens. It's not so easy just to write someone off for making a mistake, but the reader doesn't know the good stuff without seeing the scenes from the past. Many pieces and threads of thought gave me this novel. Thank you for reading! :)(less)(hide spoiler)]