Sometimes people have complained that my characters who are working class are too smart to be working class. This complaint illustrates the very same class bias that I was hoping to illuminate. It made me wonder if I had failed. Also a woman whose husband cheated on her wrote me a heartfelt letter saying that my book completely expressed how she felt. Which made me grateful but sad. A man at a reading asked me how I came up with a character who has the crazy obsessive kinds of thoughts my protagonist has and I had to ask him: doesn’t everyone have thoughts like this?