Thought Catalog

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English fiction was something I loved growing up, and it changed my life – it changed the trajectory of my life.
Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts.
You can’t state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.
I like books that expose me to people unlike me and books that do battle against caricature or simplification. That, to me, is the heroic in fiction.
I want to write without shame or pride or over-compensation in one direction or another. To write freely.
I recognize myself to be an intensely naive person. Most novelists are, despite frequent pretensions to deep socio-political insight.
All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain, to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel…

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