Deb Caletti Discusses Her New Novel A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

Deb Caletti Discusses Her New Novel A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD


– I believe in teens’ voice. They have a voice and I wanted
them to know that I believe in that voice, and that
that voice has power. (calm music) There was a horrible
crime that was committed by a recent graduate of a
high school that was near where I live. It happened in a
community that I also felt very close to. And then when I found
out why this young man committed this crime, it felt
even more personal to me. He said that he had done
this because he had broken up with a girl recently, he felt rejected, he was jealous that she was moving
on, and I had also been in a situation where
intense things were done in the name of love. So I really wanted to
write about the confusion that young women and women
can feel when we’re not sure what we’re responsible
for, sometimes, because we’re often told
that we’re responsible for how men feel
and how men act. When I write for teens
I do think about the way that books were so powerful
and meaningful to me when I was reading
them at that age. They give me a means of escape, relief, understanding,
and new ways of thinking about things. (calm music)

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