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What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’

Aired 3/14/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Author Jami Attenberg On What It Means To Be ‘All Grown Up’


Jami Attenberg, author, "All Grown Up"

Julia Evans, production director, So Say We All


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Jami Attenberg, author, "All Grown Up"

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Book cover, "All Grown Up" by Jami Attenburg

When did you finally feel all grown up? Was it when you got your first apartment? When you got married? Or had a baby?

Most Americans use shared milestones to track their paths through life. But that doesn't always work.

Jami Attenberg's new novel is about a single, middle-aged woman who is living life by her own rules. Even so, she struggles with a little existential crisis.

"I think she's seeing everyone else around her achieving those adult milestones and she doesn't have the gauge for knowing if she's an adult herself and the book is a journey for her to find that out," Attenberg said.

The New York Times best-selling author will be reading from her book, "All Grown Up," in San Diego on Saturday. The event is part of the literary and performing arts non-profit, So Say We All's reading series, "The Foundry".

Attenberg and Julia Evans, production director for So Say We All, discussed what it means to be a grown up, Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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