So Claire, why did you decide to write a memoir?
I don’t know. I mean, I’ve been working on this project forever. I’ve always felt like it was really important and meaningful despite a number of obstacles. But now, on the eve of its publication, I can’t help but think of all the other things I could have done with my time. Why didn’t I use all that grit and perseverance on something…bigger?
I could’ve gone to medical school. That’s just like one thing that comes to mind. Or, you know, written a novel. Or been a better mother. Or become an international newspaper correspondent. Or maybe all of those things—I could have become a medical doctor who wrote a novel on the side while also being a much better parent and also doing some dispatches from war zone.