As promised a couple of weeks ago, here is an excerpt of my video interview with Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl. To view the long version (26 minutes) please click here – the long version is less like an interview and more like a conversation, but Rachel's answers were elaborate, passionate, and so well-considered that I tried to keep edits to a minimum.

The Story of Beautiful Girl (Grand Central/Hachette; ISBN 9780446574464) is available today. Please visit here for more information about the book and here to learn more about the author.