Meg Wolitzer on Scrabble, George Eliot & that ‘new-car-smell of a beginning’

New York Times-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer stops by the store this Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new novel, The Female Persuasion. Check out her answers to The BookPeople Questionnaire below!


BP: What are you reading these days?

MW: Gary Shteyngart’s upcoming Lake Success. A while back, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.

BP: What books did you love as a child?

MW: Charlotte’s Web; All-of-a-Kind Family; the Betsy-Tacy books; My Darling, My Hamburger; Lisa, Bright and Dark.

BP: What’s the hardest thing about writing?

MW: The middle of a book. All your good intentions might start sagging …

BP: What’s the best thing about writing?

MW: The new-love, new-car-smell of a beginning. It can feel as if anything is possible, and it just might be.

BP: What’s your favorite word?

MW: Scrabble

BP: What’s a sentence you’ve loved and remembered from a book?

MW: Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. (Middlemarch by George Eliot)

BP: Do you have any weird writing habits?

MW: Lots of online Scrabble between bouts of fiction.

BP: Who are your literary influences?

MW: Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Evan S. Connell, Mary Gordon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Lorrie Moore

BP: What’s your favorite place to write?

MW: The couch in my office. I’ve only had an office of my own for two years, so I am just figuring out my favorite places in it to write.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

MW: Psychoanalyst.

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