Friday, October 21, 2011

I Want to Be Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is one of those authors that you read and think I want to be friends with her! We should hang out. Allow me to introduce one of my favorite writers, Jennifer Weiner (we even share the same first name! clearly, our friendship was written in the stars). She was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. Jennifer grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Philadelphia until the publication of her first novel in 2001, and has been a full-time fiction writer ever since.

Jennifer's writing is laugh-out-loud funny, but it also deals with an abundance of real life issues, including: motherhood and career; family rifts; friendship and love. Snappy dialog leavens compelling storylines containing serious undertones. Her protagonists aren't damsels in distress, but rather realistic, feisty, funny, and smart who are not unduly preoccupied by which shoes to wear. Using a conversational, unaffected voice, Weiner moves her stories at a fairly brisk pace, sometimes leaving loose ends that make the stories even more realistic. Start with: Good in Bed.

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