Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Original title: 

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Polish title: 

Miłość i inne mity

1st edition: 
I.2011 (paperback)

Ayelet Waldman (born in 1964) is a former lawyer. She is noted for her essays, and for her writing (both fiction and non-fiction) about motherhood, family life, career and society. As Waldman spent three years working as a federal public defender, in all her fiction she has drawn extensively on her legal education and career as a lawyer.

Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. In this moving, wry, and candid novel, widely acclaimed Ayelet Waldman takes us through one woman’s passage through love, loss, and the strange absurdities of modern life. Emilia Greenleaf believed that she had found her soulmate, the man she was meant to spend her life with. But life seems a lot less rosy when Emilia has to deal with the most neurotic and sheltered five-year-old in New York City: her new stepson William. Now Emilia finds herself trying to flag down taxis with a giant, industrial-strength car seat, looking for perfect, strawberry-flavored, lactose-free cupcakes, receiving corrections on her French pronunciation from her supercilious stepson – and attempting to find balance in a new family that’s both larger, and smaller, than she bargained for. In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Ayelet Waldman has created a novel rich with humor and truth, perfectly characterizing one woman’s search for answers in a crazily uncertain world.