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Though details of the book are specific to Connecticut, ... what happens on the playground with the mothers (their social competition) is sort of universal. ... The irony is that even the women who seem to be the most together are feeling the same sort of insecurity. I think that there's anxiety felt by women who gave up careers in the city and wonder about the choice, and do that 'The grass is greener' thing. There's this pervasive attitude in America that if you have money nothing can go wrong, which isn't true ... often, economic security in fact is illusory.

Though details of the book are specific to Connecticut, ... what happens on the playground with the mothers (their social competition) is sort of universal. ... The irony is that even the women who seem to be the most together are feeling the same sort of insecurity. I think that there's anxiety felt by women who gave up careers in the city and wonder about the choice, and do that 'The grass is greener' thing. There's this pervasive attitude in America that if you have money nothing can go wrong, which isn't true ... often, economic security in fact is illusory.

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The larger things that this book -- and all my books -- revolve around are a woman's id, ... And how she defines herself in the world around her. ... I've always been interested in issues of what has been defined as maternity and how it's changed. ... For both Kate and Kitty, they're twins in a way; I didn't want to whack the reader over the head with it, but with Kate, her mother was the sun that everything revolves around, and for Kitty, it was about a mother that wasn't there.

The larger things that this book -- and all my books -- revolve around are a woman's id, ... And how she defines herself in the world around her. ... I've always been interested in issues of what has been defined as maternity and how it's changed. ... For both Kate and Kitty, they're twins in a way; I didn't want to whack the reader over the head with it, but with Kate, her mother was the sun that everything revolves around, and for Kitty, it was about a mother that wasn't there.

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I wasn't trying to whap anybody over the head with my own politics or my own beliefs, ... But I do think there are many social critics on the right who've made great careers for themselves going around the country telling women to stay home. ... There's a romanticism about motherhood, that you can drop out of the cold, hard male world of working, and get that brass ring of motherhood ... but I think that what feminism fought for was every woman to do what she wanted to. The message increasingly is that you can have one or the other, but not both. And men, well, they get both.

I wasn't trying to whap anybody over the head with my own politics or my own beliefs, ... But I do think there are many social critics on the right who've made great careers for themselves going around the country telling women to stay home. ... There's a romanticism about motherhood, that you can drop out of the cold, hard male world of working, and get that brass ring of motherhood ... but I think that what feminism fought for was every woman to do what she wanted to. The message increasingly is that you can have one or the other, but not both. And men, well, they get both.

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