If you haven’t read my review of Kissing in America, you can check it out here!
More about Margo Rabb: Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, Marie Claire, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen,Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.
The fantastic Margo agreed to answer a few questions so without further ado, here are her answers to my questions!
Was it hard, emotionally, to write Kissing in America? Did it ever become emotionally draining at any point? For me, as a reader, I had to put the book down a few times because of the intensity of a few scenes.
Yes, it was difficult to write those sections. Eva’s grief over her father is based on my own grief over both my parents–my mom died almost 25 years ago, and my dad died almost 20 years ago. It’s hard to write about, but it’s also satisfying to articulate those feelings and to make sense of them.