The story of four young girls facing the realities of motherhood, coping
with abandonment, the pressures and demands of family and married life,
and trying to make it all work out. Their lives are touched by two new
women in town — one on the verge of recreating herself out of the turmoil
of a failed affair, another focusing on a new chapter in her relationship, and
her own desire for a baby.
About the Author
Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times
cover story, "An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life", in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale.
Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for the New York Times
, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose "Domestic Affairs" column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon,
and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections, and featured in the New York Times
. As a fiction writer she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World — translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, is currently being developed as a motion picture to be adapted and directed by Jason Reitman. Her latest novel, After Her, will be released August 20, 2013.
The mother of three grown children, Maynard has taught at writing programs around the country, and runs workshops in both fiction and memoir at her home in Mill Valley, California. She also runs workshops at other sites in the US and internationally, including the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, which she founded in 2002. She performs as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San Francisco.