Britt Peterson

Mommy Meanest
February 03, 2015

Rachel Cusk, the famously ambivalent mother, is back.

Does a Good Parent Let Her Child Play Alone in the Woods?
November 10, 2014

Maybe our kids should be spending more time in the woods...alone. 

The Novel of Female Ambition Evolves
May 03, 2013

It’s been hard for critics to write about Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs without leaving fictional territory a

July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

Painting Ugly
June 27, 2012

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l

On Her Own Two Feet
March 05, 2012

The re-issue of two Elizabeth Taylor novels, A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel, is truly exciting. For years, Taylor’s short stories—painfully smart,

Two Therapies
November 04, 2010

This is a strange and often beautiful book, an adventure story and a love story and, at its best, a kaleidoscopic glimpse of New York City during the

The Goal Was Greatness
May 26, 2010

When you are an inarguably excellent novelist of the mid-twentieth century, with a solid trans-Atlantic reputation among critics and readers and stead

My Big Fat Eco-wedding
February 11, 2009

I recently downloaded the Real Simple (ha!) 16-month wedding checklist, in advance of my own upcoming nuptials, and was duly appalled, not only by the fact that, six months out, I'm apparently supposed to be booking portable toilets and composing a day-of timeline (isn't that something you do, like, the day of?), but also by the general excess, financial and otherwise, of the whole thing.