Set against the backdrop of a country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil war, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt has been a journalist for more than 25 years, writing primarily about women prompted by their own depression and grief to reach out and help others to heal. She went to Rwanda in 2006, twelve years after the genocide that wiped out over one million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. Jennifer spent a month interviewing survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and returned to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel. 

Haupt's essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Millions, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, Travel & Leisure, The Sun and many other publications. Her popular Psychology Today blog, One True Thing, is a collection of essays contributed by and interviews with bestselling and emerging authors. In the Shadow of Ten Thousand Hills is her debut novel.

…more than a page-turning narrative; it’s an embrace of the Kinyarwanda greeting amahoro—’peace.
Jennifer Haupt’s In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is both an evocative page-turner and an eye-opening meditation on the ways we survive profoundly painful memories and negotiate the complexities of love. I was deeply moved by this story.
— Wally Lamb, author of I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
Jennifer Haupt has woven an intricate and moving tale of family and culture, of conflict and love, and of the challenges of healing after unthinkable loss. Told with remarkable compassion and grace, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is a story everyone should read.
— Therese Anne Fowler, author of A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN

Talks and Topics

  • In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills presentation

  • Place as Character: Cultural Sensitivity and Artistic License

  • Short-term and Long-haul Strategies to Keep the Writing Faith

  • "Never Again" for Everyone: The Common Bond of Amahoro

  • Creativity as a Management Tool for Treatment-resistant Depression

  • My trip to Rwanda: Finding the Bones of a Novel in the Stories of Real People (multi-media)

  • Still She Persisted: 11 Years of Rejection Made Me a Stronger Writer

  • Book Publicity 101: Build a Plan to Launch Your Novel


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