Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Words: Interview with Chic-Lit Author Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner on Why She Doesn't Write Explicit Sex Scenes
By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

When we first met Candace Shapiro in Jennifer Weiner's debut 2001 novel Good in Bed, she was an opinionated, overweight 28-year-old reporter trying to get over a broken romance. In Ms. Weiner's new book, Certain Girls, Cannie is 42 with a smart but rebellious adolescent daughter. Cannie also has a loving husband who catches her off guard when he tells her he wants them to have a baby with a surrogate mother.

This is Ms. Weiner's fifth novel and sixth book. Her 2002 novel In Her Shoes, was released three years later as a movie featuring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine. A short story collection, The Guy Not Taken, was published in 2006.

Ms. Weiner, 38, is both funny and salty. At the end of her new book, she thanks her literary agent for what Ms. Weiner describes as "her inadvertently hilarious failure to get the dirty jokes or X-rated references in any of my books." The author, who lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg.

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