Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. Her latest novel, Our Short History, will be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill on March 21. She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.
A few afternoons ago, after dropping my son off at Hebrew school, I received a phone call from my OB-GYN. This was very exciting for me, since I’m so fond of my OB-GYN I once considered having…another child just so I could hang out with him more. I hoped he was calling simply to chat—he’d never done that before, but maybe he’d been thinking of me?--but instead he was calling to express mild, almost paternal concern. “So listen,” he said, “it seems like you haven’t gotten that ultrasound.” “Oh,” I said.… >> Read More
For a little over eight years, I have been the mother of an only child. I have loved everything about having one, having this particular one. Because I’ve never had to divide my attention, I’ve…never felt guilty about not giving him enough. Because I’ve never had to kiss anyone else good-night, he’s always had as many bedtime stories as he’s wanted. And because I’ve never had to pay for anyone else’s camp or swim lessons or ice cream cones, he’s gotten plenty of ice cream, and he’s an ace… >> Read More