Lee recently published her first novel, The Idea of You, a steamy story about a mom, a daughter and a singer in a boy band that also serves as an interesting look at both parental and societal pressures. Lee, a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, is a Los Angeles-based producer and actor recognized for roles in Hotel for Dogs, Hitch and Fifty Shades Darker. Her newest project is 'Til Death Do Us Part, a psychological thriller with Taye Diggs that will hit movie theaters in October.
What's on your nightstand?
Becoming Bonnie by Jenni Walsh, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro. She also wrote Cutting Teeth.
You've read Julia Fierro before, then?
I discovered her around when I was sending my manuscript off. She was doing an appearance at Skylight Books in L.A., a panel about sex in literature ("Beyond Lolita: Literary Writers on Sex and Sexuality"). She impressed me when she talked about her writing. It's almost like people look down on writing when it is time to write about sex and there is emotion to it. It seems that way especially with women. It goes with that longtime way of thinking — devaluing art made by women.
Can you name particular women who succeeded when it comes to writing about sex?
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong is a big one. It was so groundbreaking and eye-opening. It's really interesting to look at it now, all these years later.
Any other books you want to mention?
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. It's taken her 20 years to write a second book, and it means a lot to me. Her first book (The God of Small Things) was the very first gift my husband gave me.
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