Caroline Leavitt is the author of eight novels, including Meeting Rozzy Halfway, Lifelines, Jealousies, Family, Into Thin Air, Living Other Lives, Coming Back To Me, and Girls In Trouble. Her essays and stories have appeared in Salon.com, Redbook, Parenting, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and other outlets. The winner of The Redbook Young Writers' Contest, she's also the recipient of a New York Foundation of The Arts Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for a Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellowship. A book columnist for The Boston Globe, Leavitt also teaches writing online for UCLA and does private manuscript consulting.
Caroline Leavitt lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City's unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenage son Max.
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This biography was last updated on 12/05/2010.
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A conversation with novelist Caroline Leavitt about Girls In Trouble
Why a novel about adoption?
Well, I hadn't intended to write about adoption and then life intruded. After my husband and I had had our son, I had a medical condition which made it impossible for me to have more children, so we thought about adoption. We have a relative who did open adoption, and that seemed the way to go for us.
Open adoption is different from regular adoption isn't it?
Yup. In the past adoption was very secretive. The birth mother would give away the child, sometimes not even knowing who the adoptive parents were, and the records would be sealed. Not a great thing for either the birth mother or the child. People thought this separation was necessary for bonding, and but actually, what it does is create a hole, which is why years later you have birth mothers searching for the children they gave up, and those children searching for their birth parents. It's natural to wonder where you came from. Open adoption says that not only can birth mothers know who is going to adopt their child, they can choose the parents. And there can be continual contact. As much as all agree on. Sometimes it's once a month, sometimes it...
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