The Moment

Amy Koppelman on Hesitation Wounds, I Smile Back, and Mental Health

The novelist and screenwriter talks about writing as a way to combat depression.

Brian and Amy Koppelman.
Brian and Amy Koppelman.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Brian Koppelman.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to his wife, novelist and screenwriter Amy Koppelman, about her new book Hesitation Wounds and her recent film I Smile Back. The two discuss Amy’s lifelong battle with depression, the themes and characters of her stories, and how writing has, in many ways, saved her life. Plus, Amy talks about the letter she wrote to Philip Roth, why Per Petterson is one of her favorite authors, and how she overcame resistance from publishers and peers throughout her career.


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