Novelist Lauren Grodstein is the author of the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything, the New York Times bestselling A Friend of the Family, an Book of the Month and a Bookpage Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Sometimes at Night.  Other works include the novel Reproduction is the Flaw of Love andThe Best of Animals, a story collection.  Her work has been honored by the New York Public Library and Columbia University and translated into languages including French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, and German.  Her essays and stories have been widely anthologized.