This month William Morrow is releasing Lacy Crawford's novel, Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy, just in time for the college application season. Crawford's work experience includes a stint as an independent college admissions counselor to children of high-powered parents. "I worked with a lot of parents that had this kind of crazy entitlement coupled with this paralyzing fear when it came to where their child would go to school,'' she said. Crawford attended Princeton and went on to receive a master's in English literature at University of Chicago. We spoke with her by phone recently on her way to France with her two sons.
What's on your nightstand?
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz. It's an extraordinary slim book. I've also got A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven. I've been interested lately in the spats online on how if you write about domestic issues as a woman, it's chick lit, but if a man writes about the domestic it has more value. I've also got The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six Others. I vividly remember sitting on the carpet in my school library and reading Henry Sugar. It knocked me out. Part of the fun of being a parent is sharing your favorite books.
Can you discuss A.M. Homes' novel, and the issue of the male-female debate surrounding chick lit?
It does concern the domestic, a marriage. She writes with great audacity. It's dark, angry. She succeeds because of the tone.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer