Video from the Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Molly Ringwald in conversation with Meghan Daum. Event was held at Track 16 at Bergamot Station on Sept 5, 2012 on the occasion of the release of Ringwald's debut fiction, When It Happens to You.
Film, television and Broadway star Ringwald’s debut fiction, When It Happens to You, “sizzles with rare insight about the reverberations of betrayal and of love.”
Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this collection of linked stories, When it Happens to You. She follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors as they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life — revealing the deceptions, heartbreak, and vulnerability familiar to us all.
A stay-at-home mom grapples with age, infertility and an increasingly distant husband. A former children’s television star tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for “exhaustion.” An elderly woman mourns the loss of her husband and her estranged relationship with her daughter. A single mother finds untapped reserves of strength to protect her flamboyant six-year-old son who wishes only to wear dresses. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement.
As the lives of these characters converge and diverge in unexpected ways, Ringwald reveals an eye for the universality of loss, love, and the search for connection. When It Happens to You is being called an auspicious literary debut by this well-known star of film, TV and Broadway.
Writer Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) says Ringwald “knows how families work and uses her considerable talents to make them come alive on the page.” Writer Robin Black (If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This) says, “While we have been watching Molly Ringwald, she has clearly been watching us. These stories sizzle with rare insight about the reverberations of betrayal and of love.”
Meghan Daum has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times since 2005. Her latest book, Life Would Be Perfect I Lived In That House, was published by Knopf in 2010. She is also the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue. She is currently at work on a book of essays about sentimentality.