Wednesday, June 11, 2008

what does it mean to be a good person?

This question floats beneath the surface of Lisa Tucker's newest novel "The Cure for Modern Life". Matthew is an executive for a pharmaceutical company in Philadelphia - a man who has come from a lot of struggle - who is now in a position of power and wealth and doesn't really take the time to think of anyone besides himself. Until he has no choice. One night he meets a 10 year old homeless boy and his 3 year old sister and they need his help.

What would you do? It's not an easy question - we all are busy, we all have our own issues to face, and then there's that thing called FEAR.

I talk with Lisa on this week's Realgoodwords, we talked about how change is at the core of all of her novels.

"In fiction we get to see - that's what I love about it - because usually we can't have access to other people's minds. In fiction we get to see exactly how they view themselves and how difficult it is actually to see what's right in front of you. This book is about doing the right thing. How do you do that? How do you know what the right thing is? Do you have to change? How do you change? I think these are very fascinating questions."

So do I Lisa! Tune in this week.

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