Rachel Howard’s gripping, moving debut novel, The Risk of Us, is just out, the story of a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and her husband take in. In this first of two episodes, Rachel and I discuss how she got started writing, an unlikely job that had a major influence on her work, and an overview of the novel. We also talked about the main characters in the novel and how trauma is a significant trait of two of them - and why it matters. Matthew also shares some foster care and adoption facts.
Rachel Howard earned her MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College and is the author of a memoir, The Lost Night, featured on This American Life. Rachel is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and her fiction, essays, and dance criticism have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.