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Jessica Grose

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Jessica Grose is a journalist and novelist. Her second novel, SOULMATES, will be out in September 2016. She is also the author of the novel SAD DESK SALAD, the author of the Kindle Single HOME ECONOMICS, which is about how couples manage their finances, and the co-author of the book LOVE, MOM, with Doree Shafrir.

She is the editor of Lenny, the email newsletter. She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, The New Republic, Cosmopolitan, and several other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Jessica Grose Great question, Nina! I think journalism and fiction are, at their heart, both just storytelling. So I think being able to tell a moving, concise stor…moreGreat question, Nina! I think journalism and fiction are, at their heart, both just storytelling. So I think being able to tell a moving, concise story is something that working in journalism taught me. I also learned a lot about structure from being a journalist. Nonfiction articles can't just meander, they have to be structured straightforwardly so that they are understood.

Craft-wise, I find writing fiction is freeing in a way, because I can just make things up! I also get less blocked writing fiction, because I can include whatever details I think are best. With journalism, you usually have limited space, and you do more research than you could ever put in a piece, so you have to pick and choose sometimes what you can feasibly include. That teaches you a certain cold discipline--if something isn't working in the narrative you must discard it, which is also useful in fiction. But in fiction I don't have to be as cold with my favorite details.(less)
Jessica Grose Writing things that genuinely entertain or inform people.
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Sad Desk Salad

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Home Economics: How Couples...

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Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy,...

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Just wanted to leave a little note to say how happy I am to be a Goodreads author and how excited I am to connect with other readers and writers. I am also thrilled to announce that I am working on a new novel. It's called The Closest Marriage, and it's about a marriage that dissolves because the husband joins a yoga cult.

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Published on October 20, 2014 18:30 Tags: generosity, great-teachers, pregnancy, sad-desk-salad, the-closest-marriage

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