Julie Buxbaum (After You, The Opposite of Love) knows life’s universal truths and explores them with deft insight and heartfelt honesty in both of her novels. Debuting with The Opposite of Love — earning a Starred Review from Library Journal –, she followed with After You in fall, 2009. Released in Paperback last month, here’s a brief overview of that second novel:
The complexities of friendship. The unraveling of a neglected marriage. And the redemptive power of literature…Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a powerful, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each other, and ourselves.
The Divining Wand has scheduled a full presentation/review of After You for Monday, August 9, 2010. In the meantime let’s meet this author through her “official” bio:
Julie Buxbaum is the author of The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages, and The Opposite of Love has been optioned to film with Anne Hathaway set to star. Julie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. She currently lives in London where After You is set.
Now here’s Julie revealed:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Blessed. Fulfilling. Silly, exhausting, and sometimes ridiculous. Happy.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A:I wish I was organized enough to have a motto.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Making my daughter giggle. Should I up the ante? How about making my daughter giggle on the day I reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller list while vacationing on an exotic island wearing shorts that fit in high school.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Something happening to the people I love.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Wherever my family is, but if they happened to be on a sandy beach in Kauai I wouldn’t complain.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Wonder Woman. Wait, she wasn’t a historical figure?
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: I’m a big fan of the work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And I have a major writer crush on Nora Ephron.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: Since moving to London, I use the word lovely way too often.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: To dress myself. And to sleep ten hours a night. (I guess that’s less a talent and more a superpower.)
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Being able to call myself a novelist.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Anxiety. It can consume me, if I’m not careful.
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I’m ferociously loyal. There are few things I wouldn’t do for the people I love.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: When I don’t take the time to appreciate my life.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I am not sure I would want to be anyone or anything else permanently, but I would like a sneak peak into pretty much anyone else’s mind from time to time. I think that’s probably why I write. I’m intensely curious about everyone else’s inner life.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My upper lip disappears when I smile, which is often.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Am I cheating if I say Wonder Woman again? Okay, how about Nancy Drew?
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Gargamel, because it takes a certain amount of evil to hate Smurfs.
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: The Williams sisters, and I would tell them they rock.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: When my baby is crying and people ask me if she is hungry.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading, of course.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Other than what I do now? Writing for Grey’s Anatomy.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A:Kindness, humor, loyalty.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Mashed potatoes. Mountains of them.
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Anna Begins, The Counting Crows
She Talks to Angels, Black Crowes
Hallelujah, (I’m partial to the Jeff Buckley version)
Crazy Love, Van Morrison
Tangled up in Blue, Bob Dylan
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: The Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Immortality, Milan Kundera
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
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