We were delighted to have the opportunity to interview J. Courtney Sullivan about her New York Times-bestselling novel Friends and Strangers. 

Courtney began writing the book just before having her first child, placing her in the unique position to be able to relate to each of her protagonists — one a college-aged babysitter, a job Courtney held during her time at Smith, and the other a first-time mom. She discusses her approach to writing, which involves many sticky notes and emails to herself, as well as the novel’s exploration of privilege.

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Want more Sullivan? Read BookTrib’s reviews of Friends and Strangers and Saints for All Occasions

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