What happens when characters’ lifestyles change radically with the recession? Novelist Wendy Walker recently spoke with GalleyCat about her new novel, “Social Lives“–where a group of affluent women struggle with the recession’s effect on their families.
In the interview, she explained how the lives of her characters have been altered in the last, difficult year, in what the NY Times dubbed “recession lit”: “My first novel, ‘Four Wives,’ was written pre-recession and the focus was more on the internal experiences of the women as they assessed their value and their happiness, having chosen to ‘opt out’ of paying work. These issues, especially that of at-home mom and wife ‘value,’ is very real and have been discussed for decades.
She continued: “But they are less tangible and urgent than what the women in ‘Social Lives’ face, who are in the middle of our current economic downturn. In many ways, these wealthy social structures are built like a house of cards, particularly for the women who don’t have another deck to play with.”