This Is The Author | Claire Dederer

“My book is about my sexual coming of age and my adolescence and my going off the rails a bit in my mid-life. The book came about because I started writing about my adolescence and it was hard remembering that time. Also, I realized I really hate coming-of-age memoirs and I started to wonder why was I writing one. As a teenager and young adult I had been, well, I was kinda trouble. I was sexually fast and took drugs and dropped outta school and was kinda a bad kid. And I wasn’t quite that bad in mid-life but I started to, sort of, um, wanna get in trouble again. And I realized that was why I was writing about my adolescence. And that the book was really about both of those and how they’re in dynamic with each other.”

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