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I'm the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother; my third book, Leave the World Behind, will be published this fall.

My short fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Meridian, and elsewhere. I've also written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic, where I am a contributing editor. I co-host two podcasts for Slate, where I am also one of the parenting advice columnists. I studied writing at Oberlin College. Now I live in New York with my husband and two kids.

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Rumaan Alam I'm obviously delighted when readers who are women feel I've correctly depicted an experience that feels true to them and their own lives. But it…moreI'm obviously delighted when readers who are women feel I've correctly depicted an experience that feels true to them and their own lives. But it bears pointing out that there are writers who write beautifully and imaginatively about life on Mars, about ancient history, about faraway lands, about animals. That's what writers do: they lie! I undoubtedly stole many of the details from observing the women in my life (There have been a lot! friends, colleagues, bosses; I've spent my life among women). But this book isn't based on anyone I know; it's all a lie. Fiction is just a fancy word for lie.(less)
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“She likes the frisson of improvisation. Fun cannot be scheduled. Fun simply occurs.”
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“His manners are old-fashioned, the work of a vigilant mother.”
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“The ice tinkles prettily: There's no more inviting sound to her, it's sophistication, like a British accent or that call-and-response of high-heeled shoes on tile.”
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