Heidi Julavits is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and a co-editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. She’s a founding editor of The Believer Magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York, where she teaches at Columbia University.
We’re taught to find the antecedents to our adult failures in childhood traumas, and so we spend our lives looking bacwards and pointing fingers, rather than bucking up and forging ahead. But what if your childhood was all a big misunderstanding? An elaborate ruse? What does that say about failure? Better yet, what does that say about potential?