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Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman just keeps getting hotter.


Last year, her controversial New York Times article about maternal ambivalence resulted in an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show. And Waldman’s new novel, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, which hits bookstores on January 24, is already being adapted into a feature film.

Waldman, who first gained acclaim for her Mommy-Track Mysteries, and had a hit with her 2003 drug-law drama Daughter’s Keeper, isn’t the only one in her family on Hollywood’s hot list. Her husband, author Michael Chabon, penned a martial-arts version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that’s currently being developed by Disney.
We caught up with Waldman, a busy mother of four, to ask about her new book.

Are fans of your Mommy-Track Mysteries going to be surprised by Love and Other Impossible Pursuits?

Well, in a way it’s the same thing I always write about: maternal ambivalence—my “topic” if you will. But I hope they’ll be pleasantly surprised. I mean, it’s a lot funnier than Daughter’s Keeper, and it’s a lot more serious than the mysteries.

Did the positive reception you received for Daughter’s Keeper inspire you to try other styles of fiction?

Yes. But I feel like my job as a writer is to try new things, and to try to get better at it. I loved writing Daughter’s Keeper. It was exciting to be in a new point of view, to be trying to write more seriously. And this book feels like the next step.

Did you have a movie in mind when you were writing?

No, but I will say that I had Mark Ruffalo in my head when I wrote the character of Jack. I mean, is he hot or what?

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