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Jun 22, 2021

Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her newest novel, Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty.

In Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty, Peyton thinks she has it all as an anchor of a beloved morning show, with celebrity status and enough money for her family to enjoy life. Her daughter is bound for Princeton and ready to follow her filmmaking dreams. Peyton’s sister, Skye, lives a modest life and longs to do more with her career. She is making great strides on a fundraiser and feels some fulfillment outside her role as a stay-at-home mother. One lie is all it takes to unravel the careful plans that they all have in place.

Lauren channeled her close relationship with her sister as she wrote the novel. She talks about how far she was in her early draft before realizing she'd have to start over with a different approach, while hoping for the men characters to be nice guys instead of villains. She talks about her women characters and how their agency involves them making their own choices. They also discuss what's next for Lauren: in books and on stage. She's currently excited about the upcoming stage adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, which she's been working on with Kevin McCollum and Elton John, with Elton writing all the music.

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Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger 

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