Claire Dederer in conversation with Ariel Levy
May 16, 2017, 7:00 PM
Claire Dederer’s Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning is a hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself both totally despondent and emotionally reawakened. Dederer shifts between her grown-up self in the grip of mysterious new feelings and herself as a teenager, when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity.
Claire Dederer is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into twelve languages, and which Elizabeth Gilbert called “the book we all need.” A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York magazine, among other publications. She lives on an island near Seattle with her family.
Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014 for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” She is the author of the new memoir The Rules Do Not Apply, the book Female Chauvinist Pigs and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.