Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work appeared on bestseller lists of fiction, nonfiction and self-help. She's the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Bread Crumbs Still Life, and Millers Valley. Her 2012 memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was the number one bestseller of the New York Times. Over a million copies of her book A Short Guide to a Happ... y Life were sold. She won the Pulitzer Prize while a columnist at The New York Times and released two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her columns in Newsweek have been gathered in Loud and Clear.READ MORE
I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
The rituals surrounding vacations among Manhattan's wealthiest and best-connected citizens are strange and specific. By vacations I don't mean country houses, which are part of the regular ebb and flow of life and which are frequently subjects for complaint - The kids never want to go! The caretaker missed the roof leak! The pipes froze! - as though having a six-thousand-square-foot, cedar-shingled cottage on five acres overlooking the ocean is nothing more or less than a constant test of character.