Lynn Steger Strong: Want

"The tension comes from the various moments in their lives when they both want or need more from one another than the other is capable of giving."

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Time to forget the way too familiar depictions of female friendship that lean on thread-worn stereotypes: the back-stabbing competitor, the gossip, the manipulator, the superficial princess.  In Want, Lynn Steger Strong avoids those pitfalls by exploring the realities of adult life and how fissures can grow in a long-held friendship, seep into a marriage and corrupt our sense of privilege, success and economic security.

Lynn Steger Strong’s first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in 2016. Her nonfiction has been published by GuernicaLos Angeles Review of Books,, Catapult, Lit Hub, and others. She teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Columbia University, Fairfield University, and the Pratt Institute.

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Amanda Stern is Bookable’s host. Founder of the popular literary event series Happy Ending at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Stern is also a writer. Happy Ending ran for more than a decade and was selected as New York’s best book-related series by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine singled out Happy Ending as a force keeping “downtown New York alive.”


This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.


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