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Jenna Blum

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New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004) and THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, May 2010) and the novella "The Lucky One" in GRAND CENTRAL (Berkeley/Penguin, July 2014). One of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers.

Hey, everybody! Do you, like me, fall in love with novels and miss their characters when the back cover is closed? Do you want more THOSE WHO SAVE US...? If so, this story, "Max & Josephine," is for you. It's a "shrapnel story" I wrote AFTER the novel was finished, when the characters were still working out from beneath my skin, and it's about the Good Doktor Max Stern, the Jewish Resistanc... Read more of this blog post »
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Those Who Save Us

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The Stormchasers

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Het afscheid

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The Author at Work: The Art...

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"Excellent story about a set of twins, one of whom is rapid-cycling bipolar, interspersed with a stormchasing adventure. This is every bit as good as Blum's first novel (Those Who Save Us), though a completely different subject matter."
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“Life is so often unfair and painful and love is hard to find and you have to take it whenever and wherever you can get it, no matter how brief it is or how it ends.”
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“How could she tell him that we come to love those who save us?”
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“Nothing is ever quite right, is it, after a parent dies? No matter how well things go, something always feels slightly off...”
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“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”
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“I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued. I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

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Joseph P Hi Jenna, thanks for following a new Goodreads Author. It's very much appreciated.

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Jenna Blum Hi, Beth:

Thank you for the friendship! Your books look great. I'm off to check them out right now!


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Beth Hi Jenna,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!

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Jenna Blum Thank you, Tara! Why did it take me so long to discover the catnip?

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Tara Welocme to goodreads, Jenna!

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