Author Joyce Maynard talks about the pain in adopting two Ethiopian girls in a conversation with Traveler magazine's Don George.
Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, "An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life", in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale.Â Since
then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a
syndicated newspaper columnist whose "Domestic Affairs" column appeared
in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and
national magazines including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon, and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections, and featured in The New York Times. As a fiction writer she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
Maynard is the author of fourteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World, translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, is currently being developed as a motion picture to be adapted and directed by Jason Reitman. Her latest novel, The Good Daughters, was published in paperback in summer 2011.
The mother of three grown
children, Maynard has taught at writing programs around the country, and
runs workshops in both fiction and memoir at her home in Mill Valley,
California. She also runs workshops at other sites in the US and
internationally, including the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in San
Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, which she founded in 2002. She performs as a
storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San