Wendy lacked professional and personal direction. Her driven mother Lola was after her to succeed. So, twice she tried to get into law school. Twice she was turned down by all she applied to. Her LSAT score was in the 50-percentile and her undergraduate grades weren't so hot.
Given that her brother Bruce had attended Harvard Law and succeeded in whatever he did afterward, the family and Wendy herself might have assumed she would have a genetic predisposition to law.
Not being admitted to law school gave her the gift of desperation. She had to find her talent. It was in writing about what she knew: her over-achieving family with its out-sized secrets. The tone was comic and poignant.
Many of us were not as lucky as Wendy. We did get into law school. There we found out what a force-fit it was for us.