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The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Travels from: Massachusetts

Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2002), The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010), and The Lost Family (Harper Collins, 2018); her novella “The Lucky One” was published in the anthology Grand Central (Berkeley/Penguin, 2014), and the audio-book of The Writer at Work: The Art of Writing Fiction (Recorded Books, 2014). Jenna is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers.

Jenna’s first novel, Those Who Save Us, was a New York Times bestseller, the @1 bestselling novel in Holland in 2011, and the 2005 winner of the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by Elie Wiesel. The Stormchasers was an international bestseller, a Borders Pick, and featured in French Elle. Jenna's newest novel, The Lost Family, is a Target and IndieNext pick and earned starred reviews from all four trades--Kirkus, Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist, which compared the novel to the works of Elie Wiesel; People Magazine called it "an exquisite page-turner," and the Boston Globe said, "Wrenching and poignant....undeniably compelling."

Jenna is based in Boston, where she has taught fiction and master novel workshops at Grub Street Writers since the school’s foundation in 1997. Jenna earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she taught Creative Writing and Journalism and was the fiction editor for AGNI Literary Magazine. From 1993-1997, Jenna interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

Jenna is a professional public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to speak at universities, libraries, events and book clubs - for Those Who Save Us, Jenna visited over 800 book clubs in the Boston area alone! Jenna has written the screenplay for Those Who Save Us, currently under option, and is working on her fourth novel.

The characters in Jenna Blum’s THE LOST FAMILY are deeply real and unforgettable: a man and a woman both trying to compeThis exquisitely crafted and compassionate novel offers a lesson in honesty, regardless of how difficult the truth may be. It will offer plenty of discussion for book groups.
— Library Journal (Starred Review)
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Talks and Topics

  • The Importance of Bearing Witness: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors and Its Impact

  • Surviving Trauma: the Effects of Extraordinary Circumstances & How People Rebuild

  • The Making of a Bestseller: A Writer’s Journey

  • Cooking the Books: Food in Fiction (complete with cooking demos!)

  • Extreme Research: Adventures in Stormchasing, Nazi Germany, & Professional Kitchens

  • A Creative Approach to Creative Writing

  • An Evening with Jenna Blum (can be a dinner party, cocktail hour, host’s choice!)

In…this gripping novel, Blum…displays her keen eye for character…Each unforgettable character in this deeply moving novel brings new meaning to the familiar phrase “never forget.” Elie Wiesel’s A MAD DESIRE TO DANCE (2009) and Michael Chabon’s MOONGLOW (2016) also share.. a sense of hope in the face of tragic loss.
— Booklist (Starred Review)

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