Plan B Nation, def: Where we are, not necessarily where we planned to be.
Who am I? My name is Amy Gutman. A card-carrying member of Plan B Nation, I’m a lawyer and writer with eclectic interests and a resume to match.
In previous lives, I worked as a newspaper reporter, designed and co-founded the Mississippi Teacher Corps, practiced law in Manhattan, wrote two suspense novels, and served as primary speechwriter for Harvard Law School Dean (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Elena Kagan.
In 2009, after my boss decamped for Washington, D.C., I found myself job hunting at the peak of the the Great Recession, along with millions of other abruptly unemployed workers. Over the following months, I grew increasingly fascinated by how we all were coping–and failing to cope–with our new and often challenging lives. The result: This blog and a book-in-progress.
An honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, my writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, and the Hufffington Post, among other publications. My two novels, Equivocal Death and The Anniversary were both published by Little, Brown.
I live in western Massachusetts and work everywhere.