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Exclusive AJU Interview: Inside “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah”
Young adult author Carolyn Mackler, and Fiona Rosenbloom, the creative mind behind the beloved book You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, explore Rosenbloom’s upbringing, the absence of her own bat mitzvah experience, her decision to use a pen name for her young adult books, updating the book for a 2023 audience, and so much more.
Fiona Rosenbloom was born in Rye, New York. When she is not writing, she’s either at home in the farmhouse she shares with a group of dear friends, their kids, and sixteen rescue animals, or playing shows throughout Europe with her band, Stars Without Makeup. If you fact-check this, you’ll discover it’s actually all made up, just like the name Fiona Rosenbloom, a pseudonym for a writer named Amanda, who lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Busy Stern. She is also the author of We are SO Crashing your Bar Mitzvah!
Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things; Infinite in Between; and The Future of Us, among others. Her award-winning novels have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. The Wife App is her first novel for adults.