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Kate Axelrod

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Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She has written for Nerve.com, Salon and various other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system. This is her first novel.

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Kate Axelrod Write whenever you can, as much as you can! But don’t put so much pressure on yourself. I have a friend who is working on her thesis for a PhD program…moreWrite whenever you can, as much as you can! But don’t put so much pressure on yourself. I have a friend who is working on her thesis for a PhD program, and she gave me good advice, which was to just write everyday, no matter how long or how good it is, but just get something out. I picked 200 words. That’s not very much, but I did it. And eventually my brain just sort of caught on after a while, and it became a very natural process.(less)
Kate Axelrod I came up with the idea for this book when I was doing homeless outreach work. There was an older woman who I met, she was very kind and quiet, probab…moreI came up with the idea for this book when I was doing homeless outreach work. There was an older woman who I met, she was very kind and quiet, probably in her late sixties. I met so many homeless women and men during that time, and I started thinking about the fact that everyone who is homeless started out having such a different life. They all had their own unique histories. And I kept thinking about this older woman (who had schizophrenia) she could've been my mother or my grandmother. And I started thinking: what if my mother had schizophrenia? And the germ of the novel started from there. (less)
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“It will take so long for you to understand this, but you can’t punish yourself for someone else’s pain. You have to learn to separate, to draw boundaries. It’s the hardest thing, loving your mother. It’s the most profound and heartbreaking, the most important, love of my life. But I also couldn’t let it define me. I had another daughter. I had grandchildren. I had my own sense of self. And now I have Saul too.”
Kate Axelrod, The Law of Loving Others

“And this was something I would always wonder about—how the lines were drawn to define mental illness. When did a little depression become pathological? When did anxiety turn into something bigger, something greater and more cautionary about your own stability?”
Kate Axelrod, The Law of Loving Others

“Winter in Pennsylvania was bleak, but still there was something beautiful in its nearly silent emptiness.”
Kate Axelrod, The Law of Loving Others

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