4. My third book, The Bad Wife Handbook is, in part, a defense of my second book and an experiment with extreme directness. I tried to be more and more direct while trying to still be accurate—not sentimental. The book is about desire, lust, motherlove, the conflict between the “I” and the family. Also, I had started writing about things as a kind of rebellion and also because the alternative was to actually do things and that would have meant leaving my husband and children. But still not sentimental, never sentimental but yes, steeped in sentiment in the sense of having opinions (“my sentiment exactly”) and feelings (emotional sense) and certainly in the sense of “from the senses” in that all my knowledge and experience came from my senses. I am a feeling being and this makes me human.