The best-selling author of Big Little Lies on her new book, sibling rivalry and unhealthy obsession along the path to wellness.
The main character in your new novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, is a genre fiction writer who gets little respect. Is she a mouthpiece for you?
A little bit. I didn’t want the book becoming a soapbox or preachy. But of course because this character was close to my heart, she has feelings that would be similar to mine.
Other characters have recently experienced sudden windfalls. What changed for you after you became successful?
The biggest change was it enabled my husband to become a stay at-home dad. It enabled me to go on book tour while he holds the fort.
Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a spa. How do you feel about the wellness industry?
I hope I satirize it in the same gentle way that I satirized overly involved school parents [in Big Little Lies]—with great affection. We absolutely need those overly involved school parents, and I completely believe in mindfulness. But people can become obsessive. It’s always fascinated me, the things people are prepared to do in the name of self-improvement.
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November 26 - December 03, 2018