Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Carolyn Mackler celebrates female friendship...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Sarah Klock
We're pleased to introduce Carolyn Mackler today and celebrate the publication of her debut adult novel, The Wife App. Melissa has this at the top of her TBR and she's excited to read it soon. Thanks to Simon and Schuster, we have THREE copies to give away!

Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things; Infinite in Between; and The Future of Us, among others. Her award-winning novels have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. The Wife App is her first novel for adults.

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Three best friends decide they’re finally done with their ex-husbands taking their work as wives and moms for granted. They’re ready to monetize the mental load, stick it to their exes, and have a wild ride in the process.

Lauren, mother of twins, wakes up one morning to her Wife Alarm Bells sounding. She sleuths on her husband’s phone and stumbles on a dirty secret that explodes her marriage. Madeline has it all—a penthouse apartment, a perfect daughter, and no-strings-attached romps with handsome men. When she learns that she might lose her child to her ex in England, it stirs up a decades-old personal tragedy. Sophie, with too much FOMO and never enough money, obsesses over her ex-husband’s Family 2.0—all while keeping her true desires hidden, even from herself.

It starts as a joke during a tipsy night out, as Lauren, Madeline, and Sophie rail against everything wives do for free. Let’s build an app that monetizes the mental load. And maybe get revenge on our exes in the process? Soon, the Wife App is born, and before long, it’s the fastest growing start-up in New York City. But then life intervenes. Love intervenes. Ex-husbands intervene. And the consequences are bigger than anything Lauren, Madeline, or Sophie could have expected. Carolyn Mackler marks her debut into adult fiction with a hilarious rollercoaster ride of revenge and redemption that is at once a send-up of modern marriage and a celebration of female friendship and love in all forms. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

“Who wouldn't want a wife?  I'm not talking about sex here. Carolyn Mackler's delightful new novel is sexy but it's not about sex. Think of all the other services wives perform without getting paid and you'll get some of what this Wife App is all about. The Wife App is fresh, funny, empowering, and totally satisfying.”
—Judy Blume

“Carolyn Mackler’s The Wife App is a provocative, funny novel that poses serious questions: why does so much work in a marriage still fall to wives, and why aren’t these labors paid? Much to discuss!”
—Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
People have told me that my novels have helped them feel less alone with their quirks, and laugh about their foibles. It’s similar to marriage, right? It helps to have an army of female friends who serve as our reality checks. That’s one thing I tried to portray in The Wife App.
How is Lauren similar to or different from you?
Lauren definitely thinks a lot of the same thoughts I think, or has similar observations about people and the world. But she’s good at technology and I’m…well…I have a hard time updating my iPhone and I believe that happens automatically.
If The Wife App were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Fingers crossed! I would love to see The Wife App on a screen. I’d cast Anne Hathaway as Madeline – she is gorgeous and elegant with the dark hair and pale skin and broad smile and so much poise. Sophie would be played by Kirsten Dunst. She is so beautiful and, when she acts, I always imagine she’s juggling a million thoughts at once. As for Lauren, you’ll have to let me know! I’m too close to her to take that step back.
If you could invent an app right now to make your life easier, what would you call it and how would it work?
I’d invent a Wife App. When my husband—who works in technology—first read The Wife App, he said to me, “Carolyn, you’ve outlined an amazing business plan for an app. Someone is going to grab that and build it.” Once they do, I’ll hire a Wife to fill out all the camp forms and submit health insurance invoices.
What is your favorite summertime snack?
Fresh sweet red raspberries. I love those U Pick places but I have a hard time putting them in the bucket because I pop so many in my mouth.
What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend?
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I went with a close friend, which was perfect. It’s a total female-bonding kind of movie.

Thanks to Carolyn for chatting with us and to Simon & Schuster for sharing her book with our readers.

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Rita Wray said...

The happy app. The many ways to find happiness even on your worse day.

traveler said...

An app for people with chronic problems.

Mary Patricia Bird said...

I think it would be nice to have an app of writing prompts.... called Prompts for Writers.

diannekc said...

To tell the truth, I have no idea.

Nancy P said...

Common sense app that simplifies everything..

Lisa D said...

I have type 1 diabetes and I'd really like an app where I could upload photos of my meals and the app would automatically calculate how many carbohydrates were in the meal and how much insulin I needed. Sometimes I look at my food and think "okay, so how many carbohydrates are in that portion of chips?" or "how many carbohydrates are in those baked beans?" and it's hard to work it out, especially if you don't know the weight of the food, so I'd love an app that calculated it all for me based on a photo of my food.

Jocie said...

The app I would pick would be an app that helps with wealth redistribution-- you can track your goals and there would be opportunities to have your donations matched by people! and the best part: this app would not sell your personal data!!

Mary C said...

An app where one can type in a product name and food allergy to see if it's safe to eat

Mary Preston said...

A travel app.

Padmini Rao said...

I would call my app the cbus bookworm

Lelandlee said...

An app to help with depression

Xia Lee said...

The poison mushroom app

bn100 said...

not sure