By Stephen Jewell - NZ Herald Online - Tuesday May 8, 2012
Centring around single mother Lucy's attempts to make a life for herself while raising her autistic son Merlin, The Boy Who Fell To Earth is inspired by the 53-year-old's experiences with her own son, Julius, who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was young.
"I always write the book I wish I'd had when I was going through something, be it the sexist surfie culture, childbirth, motherhood or parenting," says Lette. "This new novel is not just about a mother's love for her son. It's also an unexpected love story. There's betrayal, revenge, lust, love, orgasms, laughter, girl talk and plenty of quiplash for readers who don't have children."
Claiming that it could easily have been titled My Family and Other Aliens, she insists The Boy Who Fell To Earth is not strictly autobiographical.
Full piece at New Zealand Herald
Kathy Lette is at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival this weekend.