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Ayelet Waldman
Ayelet Waldman was born in Jerusalem in 1964 and studied law at Harvard where she was a classmate of Barack Obama – whose candidature she would support in the 2008 elections. In 1997 she began to write the Mommy-Track Mysteries series, about a housewife who is driven by boredom to begin a secret life as a detective. As mother to four children, motherhood is a central albeit controversial theme in her writing. In 2005 she published an article in which she stated that she loves her husband, the writer Michael Chabon, more than her children. An unusual mother-daughter relationship underpins the plot of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2006), which was adapted for the cinema and starred Natalie Portman. In 2009, she published Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace (2009), a collection of articles. Her most recent novel, Love and Treasure (2014), weaves together three stories linked by a medallion lost during the Second World War.

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