Sandra Newman on Writing Novels As a Way to Represent the World
In Conversation with Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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In this episode, Sandra Newman (The Men) talks to us about bringing concept into form, considering how much power women have in the world, thinking deeply about gender, being non-binary, the controversy about her book, and more!
From the episode:
A novel feels like it’s an attempt to represent the world, and not just a single experience. [Writing novels] is my way of trying to represent the world. [The Men] as a whole, what it turned into really quickly, was my attempt to understand what a woman is. What’s the difference between a woman and a person?
Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Heavens, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Country of Ice Cream Star, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, as well as several other works of fiction and nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and Granta, among other publications. She lives in New York City. Her new novel is THE MEN, a dazzling, mind-bending novel in which all people with a Y chromosome mysteriously disappear from the face of the earth.