“Meternity” is a novel about a woman who fakes a pregnancy to get maternity leave. While the story is fiction, the author did take a break from work in her mid-30s to travel and write her first novel. She referred to this time in her life as her “meternity.” She believes a break can be a benefit for workers, with or without children. The backlash against author Meghann Foye came from critics calling her views as selfish and entitled. Meghann Foye, explains her take on what became a volatile issue.