Ali Benjamin

This week is a special episode in which Grant interviews New York Times best-selling author Ali Benjamin about how she reinvented Edith Wharton’s 1911 novella, Ethan Frome, for a modern-day audience. This interview, too, is as much about process than it is anything else—how Ali writes and constructs her stories, why she prefers revision over new writing, and the challenges she faced in creating a current-events story set against the backdrop of the Kavanaugh hearings. Not to be missed!


Ali Benjamin is known for her New York Times best-selling novel The Thing About Jellyfish and The Next Great Paulie Fink. The Smash-Up is her first adult novel. She’s cowritten memoirs, and is a member of New England Science Writers. A National Book Award finalist and a dog lover, she lives in Massachusetts with her family. Find out more about Ali at

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