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Jessica Soffer's Novel, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jessica Soffer discusses her novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots. It’s the story of two women adrift in New York, a widow and an almost-orphan, each searching for someone she’s lost. They’re brought together through cooking, and begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food.

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Jessica Soffer
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Comments [3]

A. Listener from NYC

I find it hard to understand why so many people seem quick to assume that cutters are "looking for attention." I've never self-harmed but I've known people who have, all of them solidly middle class or upper-, and I've long suspected that it's a way for them to feel in control. People who live less-privileged lives seem to have an easier time understanding, intuitively, that not all aspects of their lives are within their control, and don't seem to share the same anxieties about it to the same degree. My view of anorexia, which also seems to disproportionately affect a similar subset of young women, is the same. It seems to allow them to deepen (or wallow in) the illusions that are the source of their anxiety: that one's life is a matter of saying and doing the right things, being the right person, a person whose body can be altered by force of will. Or who is, at least, largely in control of their reality. Obviously the causes are probably complex and varied, but is this not at least as plausible as the cliche that they're "attention-seeking"?

Apr. 25 2013 01:27 PM
chris from CA

This is the type of conversation I live very well without...deviance is not my cup of tea

Apr. 25 2013 01:15 PM
Julia Fierro from Brooklyn, NY

An incredible novel. Looking forward to listening!

Apr. 25 2013 10:58 AM

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