What's worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you've been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan - the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah - unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan's former-best-friend Noah.
Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy's story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.
You are used to living in a town where many of your peers identify as Mormon. How would you describe your religious beliefs?
I consider myself deeply spiritual, but I believe organized religion is merely an opiate for the masses.
What is your least favorite thing about living in Haven?
Residents tend to believe things are black or white, and because of this their dreams turn to black-and-white.
You clearly have a quirky fashion sense. How would you characterize it?
Two words: leisure wear. So many people dress to a certain trend dismissing what’s comfortable.
How do you think you’ve changed since starting college?
I don’t think I’ve changed so much as finally become who I’ve always been, with no societal norms to hold me back.
Describe your perfect day.
Discussing philosophy with close friends over truly exceptional coffee, followed by a jazz concert in the park and Vietnamese food.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Zan! Back When You Were Easier to Love is in stores now. Be sure to stop by next Wednesday, which is when I'll have my own review posted.