Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and essayist specializing in wifehood, motherhood, sexuality, and family. She is the author of Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays have been published in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.