Between the Sexes, a Great Divide
...Perhaps we all have the same memory of the first boy-girl party we attended…The boys stood on one side of the room and the girls on the other, each affecting a nonchalance belied by the shuffling male loafers and the occasional high birdlike sound of a female giggle…None of us would consciously know it then, but what we were seeing, that great empty space in the center of the floor as fearful as a trapdoor, was the great division between the sexes....
American journalist and novelist. Born in Philadelphia, Quindlen graduated from Barnard College and immediately began writing for the New York Post. Three years later she moved to the New York Times, where she would eventually win a Pulitzer Prize for the regular column she once described as "taking things personally for a living." These columns have been collected in Living Out Loud (1988) and Thinking Out Loud (1993). After twenty years Quindlen left the Times to devote herself to writing fiction and has since published six novels, including Object Lessons (1991); One True Thing (1994), which was made into a movie in 1998; Black and Blue (1998); Blessings (2002); and Every Last One (2010). How Books Changed My Life (1998) is her memoir about the importance of reading. She currently writes a bi-weekly column for Newsweek. See also annaquindlen.net.