“Susanna Moore Isn’t Done Running Away” – Susanna Moore interviewed in Airmail

When Susanna Moore gave a eulogy for old friend Joan Didion at her memorial in September, she spoke about some of the maxims Didion had given her. One of them was: “Stop running away.”

“Why would she say that?,” I ask the 77-year-old author, a magnetic woman with long silver hair cut by an iconic dark streak, remarkably elegant even over Zoom.

“It’s very hard for me to believe in stability. I’m quick to move. Maybe it’s more flattering to say I’m always in movement. But that’s, in a way, wriggling out of it. That’s making it sound romantic, adventuresome, brave … when in fact it’s about survival.”

“And have you stopped,” I ask, “running away?”

She looks down for a moment, considering the question. “No, I don’t think I have.”

You can read the rest of the interview with Stephanie Danler in Airmail here.

The Lost Wife by Susanna Moore, will be published on April 4 by Knopf in North America and April 27 by W&N in the UK.