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Jennifer Cody Epstein

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In December of 2017, my good friend and writing colleague Sarah Coleman passed away mere days before the finished versions of her luminous novel The Realist came out. Below is a piece I wrote for Publishers Weekly about how our writing group tried to pick up the mantle.


Kafka described writing as “utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” And it’s true enough that the most wr...

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Description: This is a chapter from my newly-in-paperback novel "The Painter from Shanghai," which is published by W.W. Norton in the U.S., Penguin/Viking in the UK and a dozen other publishers/languages worldwide.

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in pictorial there w 2 empire in all wrold persian empire(iran) and roman empire(italy)
Rock-face relief at Naqsh-e Rustam of Iranian emperor Shapur I (on horseback) capturing Roman emperor Valerian (kneeling) and Philip the Arab (standing)1800years ago

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The huge Dizin ski resort was established in 1969 [1:]. The ski season in Dizin also lasts longer than European ski resorts(from December to May) because of its high altitude.[2:].

The highest ski lift ha reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

Dizin ski amenities include two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, villas and private apartments around the Dizin ski resort accommodate thousands of people every year.

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Hertzan Chimera Jennifer,

good luck with your new 'painter' book.


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Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi there Jennifer and thanks so much for the add!

Amir hossein teekany hi my dear thks alot for yr joinnig in my friends group

Jennifer Hi Chicha!

I just saw this--I apologize for the very late response (I'm still figuring out this Goodreads stuff). How lucky that you live in Bali--one of my absolute favorite places! Which town are you from?

Chicha Nice to know your profile..I'm from Bali Indonesia, my name is chicha, more about Bali please see maybe can inspired you. thanks...
keep contact.

Jennifer Thanks, Kelly! It looks like we have similar taste (I love "Swimming" and "The Time Traveler's Wife" too) so I hope you like "Painter!"



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Kelly Hi Jennifer,
I read about your book coming out in Vogue magazine and I'm really excited to read it! It seems to be getting a lot of press. I'm adding it to my "to read" section. Thanks for adding me as a friend!

Jennifer Thanks, Malcolm! I hope you get it (and enjoy it!).



Malcolm Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for adding me. Your book is on my Amazon wish list. (This is a hint to anyone who needs to buy me a gift or otherwise make my wishes come true.)


Jennifer Thanks so much, Daniel!

Jennifer, I've added your book Painter From Shanghai to my to-read list.

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