Describe your latest book.
We Are Water is a multi-voiced story about a family and a nation in transition. It's 2009. Barack Obama is in the first year of his presidency, the state of Connecticut has recently legalized gay marriage, and Orion and Annie Oh's 27-year marriage has ended because Annie, a successful outsider artist, has fallen in love with Viveca, her champion in the art world and her bride-to-be. As the wedding approaches, it elicits a variety of responses from ex-husband Orion, a university psychologist, and the Ohs' three grown children: earnest do-gooder Ariane, her born-again twin brother Andrew, and the twins' wild-card younger sister Marissa. Likewise, the impending ceremony pries open a Pandora's box of toxic secrets that have festered beneath the surface of the Ohs' lives. In this, my fifth novel, I explore the themes of class, race, evolving social mores, and the origins and purpose of art. As were my earlier novels, this story is an exploration of power and powerlessness and their effect on flawed but humane characters.
What is the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
One summer when I ...