Today’s episode of the Midtown Review Podcast comes from the archives.  It was one of my favorites back in 2009, and I thought it was worth another listen.

Norris Church Mailer passed away last November at age 61.  She was a model, actress, writer, wife and mother who live the kind  of life most of us can only dream about.  And that’s saying a lot for a little girl who grew up in rural Arkansas.  A TICKET TO THE CIRCUS is the story of her life and her love affair with and marriage to Norman Mailer.  I had the privilege of interviewing Norris (and touring the Margaret Mitchell House with her) back in 2009 when she was in Atlanta for the hardcover release of the book.

The paperback, which came out this spring will make an excellent read for book clubs who are searching for a compelling memoir.  In the book, Norris was very forthcoming about the extramarital affairs Norman had and her subsequent decision to stay with him.  She was also quite up front and unapologetic about the way she chose to live her life.  It was this strength of spirit and character that I saw in Norris when I met her though she was clearly already physically in decline.

Not only was she strong, smart and beautiful, Norris was one of the warmest people I have ever met.  We chatted like old friends from the second we were introduced and when the interview was over she even gave me her phone number and said I should call her if I was ever in New York.  Sadly I didn’t get up there before she passed away, but I will always remember her fondly.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Norris as much as I did, and be sure to check out the rest of our author interview series on iTunes!

– Dana Barrett, Managing Editor