Club Book Episode 112 Lauren Fox
Lauren Fox is an acknowledged master of the family novel. Readers enjoyed their first taste of her achingly funny take on marriage, friendship, and domesticity in Still Life with Husband (2007) – a literary debut that The New York Times heralded as “the arrival of an immensely gifted writer.” Fox’s follow-ups, Friends Like Us (2012) and Days of Awe (2015), justified the praise. Her latest, out February 2, is Send for Me. In this time-jumping work of historical fiction, a woman discovers a cache of old letters from her Jewish grandmother that sheds light on her family’s struggles and fate during the rise of Nazism in Germany. Booklist touts Send for Me as “a thoughtful, character-driven exploration of the unbreakable bonds of motherhood, [which] deftly moves between generations as Fox illuminates the ways that choices echo through the lives of those who come after.” Send for Me is also semi-autobiographical in nature, inspired by heirlooms letters held by her own family.