Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Ayelet Waldman, bad mother and novelist

Ayelet Waldman is the woman you probably heard of or saw on Oprah because of her New York Times piece that caused such an uproar. She wrote a controversial article that had people upset and going off on her for making some bold statements about her marriage and motherhood. If you didn't see her on Oprah, try to watch the reruns because Ayelet did a terrific job of speaking, being real, funny and intelligent.

She is the wife of Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of such books as Summerland, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Ayelet is also an accomplished writer whose Mommy Track Mysteries are must reads if you enjoy mystery novels in the same vein as Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich. The Cradle Robbers is in stores today and I'm sure Ayelet is going to be doing a signing or posing nude or something to herald the books release.

If you havent read Daughter's Keeper, Ayelet's masterpiece of a book, it is an excellent read and would make a great movie, hint hint to all my Hollywood friends. You can read more about Ayelet on her website, click here.

I think Ayelet's greatest claim to fame is that she and I grew up about two miles from each other which happens to be where Tara Reid grew up. And Catherine Zeta Jones had her baby at the local hospital. We are all so connected, it's almost scary.

Ayelet, one day you're writing an article and the next day you are sitting on Oprah's couch defending yourself on national television. Was that amazing? Did you chill in the greenroom with Oprah and eat donuts? What kind of response did you get from that appearance? And I must say you looked very pretty on the show. Were you nervous? Tell me all about it, girlfriend and don't leave out any details.

When the bruhaha started, my husband, after spending a few hours face-down on the bed, moaning about the fact that I'd revealed his sex life to five million people, said, "Well, at least you didn't go on Oprah to talk about it." Two weeks later I called him and said, "Er, honey, remember what you said about Oprah?" It was a stunner, to say the least. Here I've been saying the same kind of thing for years in total obscurity, and then all of a sudden WHAM. Oprah.

I wish I chilled with Oprah. She keeps out of the greenroom. But she was incredibly sweet, and very friendly. She was like a real person, you know? Which I totally didn't expect. She was funny and casual, and did a great job of keeping me from flinging myself off the couch and out of the city of Chicago, which is what I wanted to do when I saw the other women on that panel. I mean, there was a woman who came on the show specifically to say that she only ever had sex with her husband while watching television! And *I'm* the crazy one!

If you were to have a perfume named after you like Paris Hilton, what would it be called and what would it smell like? Mine would be Biblio-nymph and it would have the subtle notes of jasmine and honeysuckle and would be packaged with a free book.

I'm a sucker for all smells sweet and floral. And I love those green tea scents. So it would be like that amazing Buglari Green Tea, but it would be called "Eau de Bad Mother."

I have read each of the Mommy Track mysteries and can't wait to get my hands on The Cradle Robbers. For those not intimately acquainted with the character of Juliet, how would you describe her and is she like you at all?

Er, she is me. Well, she was me. She's getting less and less like me with each book. I think she's a little more naive nowadays. I've become more bitter and cynical than Juliet. She's the one in the playground with her T-shirt on inside out and with the smear of spit up on her shoulder. Her kids never wear matching clothes and don't get into the right preschools. But she's funny and smart and she's the person you want on your side when the chips are down.

What little luxuries do you allow yourself? I know you have four kids so please don't say going to the bathroom alone or being the first one to tear into a sleeve of Oreo's is your slice of heaven. Go deeper than that.

Oh no. I'm a fan of luxuries. It's the shoes and the sheets, lady. I love good sheets. Like really really good sheets. My current favorites are Sferra Brothers...I actually prefer the 560 thread count to the 1000, but I have both. And shoes. SHOES. Manolos. Jimmy Choos. Marc Jacobs. Crazy weird boots with funny heels. All shoes. All of them.

You grew up in Northern NJ, so did I. Where in New Jersey are you from? And what were you like growing up?

Ridgewood, NJ. I was a miserable funny looking Jewish kid in a preppy town. I hated every minute of it.

Will you be going back to law? Did the situation in Daughter's Keeper stem from a real life case you were involved in?

It stemmed from lots of crazy and evil cases...the norm in drug prosecutions. And no. I'm out of the field for good, I think. It's been too long. I wouldn't want me to represent me at this point, if you know what I mean.

Do you watch reality television, read tabloids or throw back vodkatinis like a diva? Your idea if a great evening would involve what?

I love TV. I love HBO especially. I mean...Entourage? Is that not the best half hour of the week, or what? I buy a People and a Entertainment Weekly for every plane ride I take. I love movies with a passion. My idea of a perfect evening is two movies and a spectacular dinner with my husband.

Tell me what your passions are in life? And three things you have yet to accomplish?

I love my work, I love my husband, I love my kids. And there's so much I haven't accomplished. I mean..I'd like to get reviewed in the New York Times...a real review, not an in brief. I'd like to take my kids to India. I'd like to be able to set up one of those college scholarships -- you know where you adopt a class of preschoolers and you promise to send every one of them to college? My goal is to one day make enough money to do that.


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I saw Oprah, Ayelet was gorgeous. Daughters Keeper woould be a great movie. @ 2:58 PM  
Anonymous MamaBear said...
Mommy mystery books are quite good. I read all of them and look forward to the next one. is she doing a book tour? @ 2:59 PM  
Anonymous KAndy said...
GREAT interviews. Love them. Ayelet is honest and real and fun.

I just ordered Daughters Keeper last night. Looks good! @ 12:47 PM  
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