WE ASKED MILWAUKEE attorney and novelist Laura Jamison, whose first book debuts this summer, how she’s spending her time these days.
How have you been coping with the pandemic?
It’s a little tricky, of course, since my four children now go online for school – I’m fighting for bandwidth! But I’m trying to find the silver linings and there are a lot of them. I get to eat all my meals with my family (well, at least in the same house as them) and I’ve been enjoying long walks around the neighborhood.
What books are on your nightstand right now?
I just downloaded an advanced reader copy of a book called Adult Conversation by Brandy Ferner. She’s a fellow debut novelist and her book is coming out on May 5 – it looks like a perfect quarantine read! I’m actually trying to buy a lot of books from spring authors right now, even if I don’t have time to read them right away. It’s a tough time for a book to be published, and I want to support spring authors in any way I can. If you want some great recommendations for spring reads, look up Zibby Owens at Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. On the non-fiction side, Bill Gates always has great recommendations.
Are you finding it easier or more difficult to keep up with your own writing now?
Although I have an idea for a second book, I haven’t found time to get started on it. But soccer season is (hopefully!) right around the corner. It’s amazing how much you can get done sitting in a minivan while your kids practice!
Your book, All The Right Mistakes, is coming out in August. Tell us about it.
Five college friends have arrived at forty in very different circumstances, but with at least one thing in common: they are among the more privileged in society. Elizabeth and Sara are lawyers, Martha is a doctor, Carmen is a wealthy and well-educated homemaker, and Heather, the most successful, is a famous tech executive – and after more than two decades of friendship, they know one another better than anyone.
Then Heather writes a women’s advice book detailing the key life “mistakes” of her four friends – opting out, ramping off, giving half effort, and forgetting your fertility – that becomes wildly popular, and Elizabeth, Sara, Martha and Carmen all feel the sting of Heather’s cruel words.
What’s the first thing that you’re going to do once it’s safe to stop practicing social distancing?
Go to the movies … alone. When you are social distancing with a family of six, a mom misses her alone time!