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Laura Hankin is the author of HAPPY & YOU KNOW IT, A SPECIAL PLACE FOR WOMEN, and the upcoming THE DAYDREAMS. She's written for outlets like McSweeney's and HuffPost, while her musical comedy has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She lives in Washington, DC, where she once fell off a treadmill twice in one day. Contact her on Instagram/Twitter: @LauraHankin or Tiktok: @laura_hankin
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Laura Hankin The first time I felt that way was when I gave a draft of the first book I ever wrote to a friend who had experience in publishing, and he told me he …moreThe first time I felt that way was when I gave a draft of the first book I ever wrote to a friend who had experience in publishing, and he told me he thought it could get published someday. But then I lost that feeling for a while, during all the struggles one goes through while trying to make a career as a writer. I got it back again the night I found out that I got a book deal for Happy & You Know It and I'd be able to quit some of my other day jobs to write full-time! But also I believe that if you love writing and treat it seriously, you don't necessarily need publishing success to consider yourself a writer! The love and practice of it can be enough.(less)
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A Special Place For Women

A Special Place for Women A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

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Hi, I wrote this! It’s wild and genre-bending and twisty, with plenty of comedy and romance (yes there IS some fake dating involved!). Think Never Been Kissed meets the insular society of The Secret History, with some Practical Magic vibes to boot. I really hope you enjoy it, and I’m more than happy to answer any questions about i Read more of this blog post »
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“We are all so obsessed with protecting out child, aren't we?" "That's how we got into this mess in the first place. We want to paint a lovely picture that we hang over their window to block out how the world really works, to give them these lives. And to do that, we think we need to keep ourselves perfect too. But no mother in the history of the world has been able to protect her child forever. the world barges in through the front door eventually.”
Laura Hankin, Happy & You Know It

“Sometimes, to make something strong, we have to tear out the rot in the foundation and start again.”
Laura Hankin, A Special Place for Women

“Why was there no fucking TrueDaddy? The answer was clear. Because men wouldn't fall for it. Not that they were smarter- Amara firmly believed she could trounce the average man in a battle of wits- but because they weren't primed from birth like women were, told that they could be anything they wanted to be while handicapped at every turn by invisible forces, told that they were more than just their looks while also culturally programmed to believe that their value was tied to their desirability. Men aged into silver foxes while women aged into obsolescence. And when you added in children, oh, that was when everything really went to shit. Because even though father stamped their children with their last names, the world didn't ask as much of them. No one really expected fathers to consider giving up their careers to put their children first, to stop managing a company and start managing a household. Women had to grapple with a choice that men never did while remaining uncomplaining and generous so that they didn't nag their husbands straight into the arms of uncomplicated lovers.”
Laura Hankin, Happy & You Know It

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