January 9th, 2012 / 9:09 pm
Author Spotlight

Interview with Leigh Stein, who wrote The Fallback Plan

Leigh Stein’s laugh-out-loud-funny first novel, The Fallback Plan, is about a girl named Esther who has just graduated from college and, for lack of anything better to do, moves in with her parents. She takes a job babysitting for a girl named May, and she has a tepid affair with May’s father. She also has a crush on a guy named Jack, and they have sex, and right before they do it Esther tries to think about something sexy, so she thinks about a Winnebago. It’s with that in mind that I asked Leigh Stein to do this interview. I only had one question.

Me: Wait, are Winnebagos sexy?
Leigh: Winnebagos are sexy for the following reasons:
1. They suggest adventure, the romance of the open road, Americana.
2. You could say “Let’s run away!” to your loved one, and then actually do it in one of these.
3. A bed + a motor vehicle = sexy.

I can’t recommend this novel, and this manner of thinking, any more highly than I already do.



  1. Dawn.

      Really looking forward to this book. Agreed re: Winnebagos being sexy. I’ve always wanted one for those reasons.

  2. Roxane

      This was such a great book. 

  3. Trey

      I haven’t read this book, but Leigh Stein is a good writer

  4. deckfight

      was wondering if this was good

  5. Michael Filippone

      I have read about this book in three different places online today. It looks funny. I hope to read it someday soon.

  6. Helen

      I’d like more in the way of questions, but just so I can have more of a taste of the humour.

  7. Melissa Broder

      I like how instead of kissing her, Jack does a reacharound. I also like how the reacharound serves as metaphor for the destruction of fantasy via reality. Fun reacharound. Fun book.

  8. Adam Robinson

      Oh, okay, I’ll ask her another one. Thanks!

  9. Adam Robinson

      I didn’t recognize his move as a reacharound, but now that you mention it. . . . Jack sucks.

  10. Melissa Broder

      Jack sucks. Speaking of reacharounds…what happened to the tournament of bookshit?

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