Ayelet Waldman – As a novelist, I mined…

As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a…


“As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a very specific way. Writing fiction, I never made use of experiences immediately as they happened. I needed to let things fester in my memory, mature and transmogrify into something meaningful.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – The thing about youthful offenders…

The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most…


“The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most people don’t like adolescents – even the good ones can be snarky and unpleasant. Combine the antipathy we feel toward the average teenager with the fear inspired by youth violence, and you have a population that no one wants to deal with.”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – Despite the fact that in…

Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in…


“Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in any other country in the world, the truth is that the vast majority of youth offenders will one day be released. The question is simple and stark. Do we want to help them change or do we want to help them become even more violent and dangerous?”
-Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman – Look, if you ask a…

Look, if you ask a child, ‘Would you rather have a fulfilled mother or a…


“Look, if you ask a child, ‘Would you rather have a fulfilled mother or a stay-at-home Sylvia Plath,’ they’ll pick Sylvia Plath every time. But I think it’s really important that children don’t feel their parents’ emotional lives depend on their success.”
-Ayelet Waldman