Sarah Dunn in conversation with Ali Wong discussing the writing life and her novel, The Arrangement
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Sarah Dunn is a novelist and television writer whose credits include Spin City (for which she co-wrote Michael J. Fox’s farewell episode) and the critical darling Bunheads, which you would have loved. Her debut novel, The Big Love, is available to read in nineteen languages. Dunn is also the creator and executive producer of the 2016 ABC series, American Housewife. She lives outside New York City with her family and their seventeen chickens.
“Daring and darkly funny, Sarah Dunn’s The Arrangement is this summer’s must-read. Her take on middle-age and family life is wry, poignant and spot-on. Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in this wonderfully comic novel.” ?Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City
“A hilarious, spot-on comedy of the heart about middle-aged marriage and what happens when it goes off the rails.” ?Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Ali Wong is a comedian, actress, and writer living in Los Angeles, CA.
On Mother’s Day 2016, Netflix released her first stand-up special, Baby Cobra which was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. Wong is currently shooting ABC’s new sitcom American Housewife as well as writing on Fresh off the Boat. Wong has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. She has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savages and was a series regular on NBC’s Are You There Chelsea? and the ABC drama, Black Box opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly. She makes regular appearances on Chris Hardwick’s late-night game show @Midnight, and Inside Amy Schumer.
The Arrangement is a hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong? Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.” When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”