Thanks to CNET for publishing my story. I had a blast writing it, and I'm thrilled to see it live (and with such cool illustrations).
I wrote this essay for Milwaukee Magazine, about how much I love summer! Just kidding. It's about being depressed in Milwaukee in the summertime, and how reading saved me.
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about me!
Hey, Minneapolis pals, I'm going to be at the Twin Cities Book Festival this weekend, talking about how my book is a "midwestern novel." Come join me! (But first, help me figure out how my book is a "midwestern novel.")
An interview with Lauren Fox, plus enter to win a copy of her new novel, "Days of Awe"!
"The hands of time stop for no one, not even Lauren Fox. With each new novel, the characters of this irrepressibly comedic chronicler of friendship, marriage and romantic foibles among white Milwaukeean Generation X-ers advance and mature in concert with their author. And yet her prose remains as fresh as if it spritzed from the wordsmith’s fountain of youth. With Days of Awe, however, Fox’s insouciance is tempered by an omnipresent awareness of 'that cold lick of mortality...' The fearlessness with which Fox frees her women to behave badly heightens both the credibility and the pleasure of her fiction." —Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe
“Her latest work explores the ever-shifting landscape of a woman in her 40s with the same sly humor and snappy dialogue that has made Fox one of my favorite novelists to recommend… 'Days of Awe' is an examination of grief and how one can move past it, or at least make it through each day without succumbing to its persistent demands.” —Meganne Fabrega, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“'Days of Awe' will keep you reading… Fox's previous novels, 'Still Life With Husband' and 'Friends Like Us,' were celebrated for witty and intelligent examinations of friendship and marriage. 'Days of Awe' is no exception.” —Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Darkly hilarious… Fox is a master of emotional misdirection, and what she presents here tastes like carbonated grief, an elixir of sorrow gassed up with her nervous humor… With 'Days of Awe,' Fox has created a winding internal monologue as Isabel tries to catch her bearings in a world that suddenly seems out of kilter… Leavened with wry silliness that fans will remember from Fox’s previous novels, 'Friends Like Us' and 'Still Life with Husband'… [Isabel is] an extremely ende...aring narrator, the kind of woman who makes straight-faced jokes that her uptight colleagues don’t get, and then feels both superior and mortified… There are veins of Anne Lamott running through these pages, a sweet blend of sentimentality and wit… And Fox is a great comic on the subject of aging, too. Her narrator wears sweatpants that are ‘a blend of cotton and self-loathing.’ She could be channeling Nora Ephron… Surprisingly buoyant.” —Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Lauren Fox ... takes women who are falling apart and pulls wit, snark, pith, and occasional insight out of them. No contemporary novelist makes me stop as often to mark or admire one of her sentences. Plenty of people can write limpid or fancy prose, but Fox ladles out one flavorful reduction ... after another.... 'Days of Awe' draws its title from the period of the solemn introspection urged upon Jews between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, though Fox's narrator, Isabel Applebaum Moore, also experiences gentler moments of wonder and appreciation.... Were 'Days of Awe' the pilot script for a TV series, elderly actresses would throw elbows to audition for Helene... Poignant."
—Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel