From 'East of Manhattan' to east of Edmonds
Amanda Johnson explores changing gender roles in debut novel
Last updated 9/16/2021 at 8:04am
While living in New York, Amanda Johnson says there were so many unusual "only in New York" moments in her life that she started keeping a journal, which she referenced while writing her debut novel, "East of Manhattan."
One of those moments, central to the book's plot, was inspired by her husband.
That's because it tells the story of Julie, a 35-year-old woman who yearns for a family more than anything. But there's a big obstacle: Her husband is a butler for a wealthy celebrity and forced to live in the basement of the man's house instead of at home with his wife.
Following the "write wha...