Family Frictions: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Jami Attenberg
Tuesday April 18, 2017
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, whose 2016 debut The Nest was a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, joined Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins, All Grown Up) to talk about portrayals of the trials and tribulations of family life. In The Nest, four dysfunctional siblings vie for the eponymous nest egg, which, if won, will solve their respective problems. Attenberg's All Grown Up explores how one defines success beyond societal benchmarks like marriage and parenthood. Both writers skillfully depict the complexities of adulthood with insight and humor.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s and more defunct Internet start-ups than she cares to count. Her non-fiction essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Martha Stewart Living. The Nest is her first novel.
Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In March 2017, HMH Books will release her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in the UK, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Germany
Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures. She divides her time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY.