Molly Ringwald on her literary heroes and the book that changed her life


 From teen idol to literary force, Molly Ringwald has now published three books as well as buzzy essays in The New Yorker Coming off her latest, greatest writerly challenge — translating Philippe Besson’s sexy French queer romance Lie With Me (often called the French Brokeback Mountain) — she spoke with EW about the books that have influenced her  My mother read books to me and my siblings and would hide the book at a crucial moment so we couldn’t read ahead The first time I remember being entirely engrossed in a book was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH When I was able to read on my own, I was obsessed with the books of poetry by Shel Silverstein  Don’t Look Now [1973, starring Julie Christie].  Literary fiction, I suppose: books about people that attempt to unravel the complexity of the human psyche in a profound and original way  None. Although there are many books that I feel I should have read but haven’t managed to yet Moby-Dick, Don Quixote…  The writing of Etgar Keret: Suddenly, a Knock on the Door always makes me laugh [His books are] not written for kids, but I find that they are enjoyable for both I recently read the story “Lieland” to my 9-year-old son in an attempt to keep him off of the computer for a while, and he loved it  The book I just translated, Lie With Me, made me cry every single time I worked on it Image zoom Scribner  Bluets, by Maggie Nelson.  Michel Houellebecq’s [The] Elementary Particles I’m a little surprised and disappointed that I like his writing myself.  Mary Oliver, Grace Paley, and Walt Whitman come to mind  My second book — a novel called When It Happens to You [2012].  I think probably Raymond Carver (What We Talk About When We Talk About Love), because reading his writing at a relatively young age — 17, 18? — inspired me the most to write myself  Proust’s Duchess, by Caroline Weber. Molly Ringwald is against a Breakfast Club reboot Molly Ringwald finds The Breakfast Club ‘troubling’ in the #MeToo era Molly Ringwald recalls being fired from Facts of Life when she was 12

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