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Jennie Shortridge

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September 23, 1959

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Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels: Love Water Memory, When She Flew, Love & Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven, and Riding With the Queen.

She is an avid volunteer and mentor, and is co-founder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of authors that raises money and awareness for literacy.

Jennie is currently working on a memoir.

A Novelist's Biography

The following is an excerpt of a work in progress.

Hammerhead
We were a camping family, something I find remarkable, considering my mother’s inner city upbringing in Washington DC. Maybe, in her girlhood, her family picnicked in the wilds of Lincoln Park or along the banks of the Potomac. Maybe she trailed away from the noisy hordes of her first generation family, searching for shiny pebbles, or Read more of this blog post »
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Love Water Memory

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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
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The novels which helped me find a path through the writing of ‘Hamnet’ were ‘The Sisters Brother’ by Patrick deWitt and ‘The Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys. The former because it is a work a genius - historical fiction which wears its history so lightly and deftly. The latter because it lights up the dark and unseen places in a story we think we already know. Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoy the book, the paperback edition is out on 5/18: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57426099-hamnet
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“Last year a baby orca and its mother wandered too far upriver from the ocean; we saw the story in The Oregonian. They didn’t know how to get back home. Pater said all the fuss from people and boaters and news helicopters was probably confusing them more. He didn’t say he thought they’d never find their way back, but I know that’s what he was thinking. In my mind, I like to think they submerged so no one could see them under all that deep blue, popping up again when they were safely out to sea.”
Jennie Shortridge, When She Flew

“I push through the door of the market into the fragrance of Stargazer lilies and roses, then coffee brewing and briny oysters fresh from the coast. I stroll the aisles as if in a museum, looking at every item, loading work recipe ingredients into the wire handbasket along with the odd little goodie: Cozy Shock flan, Scharffenberger chocolate. What I'd really like is ice cream: Tillamook Brown Cow or a Dove dark chocolate on chocolate ice cream bar- heaven on a stick- but it would melt long before I could get home. I grab another Scharffenberger bar to compensate.
Inside the gourmet deli case, white plastic tags poke out of luscious mounds of cheese, each with handwritten names bordering on the orgasmic: BURRATA WITH TRUFFLES, EVORA, BRESCIANELLA, BLEU D'AUVERGNE. I can almost feel the creamy sensation against my tongue, smell the musk of perfect aging, taste its tang,”
Jennie Shortridge, Eating Heaven

“The first thing I see when I get home from the hospital after midnight is the glint of the stainless steel oven in the semidarkness of the kitchen. The air smells sweet and eggy. I walk to the oven and pull open the door. Six white ramekins hold six perfect-looking crème caramels, and I wonder if they're safe to eat. It's been more than three hours since I turned off the oven. I remember a Swedish chef telling me years ago when I worked as a prep cook that unrefrigerated food will keep for four hours, but he also cleaned his fingernails with the tip of his chef's knife, so who knows.
I pick up one of the dishes and sniff it. It smells fine. Without taking off my coat, I dig into a drawer for a spoon and eat the crème caramel in five seconds flat. The texture is silky and it tastes sweet and custardy, if not perfect. I pull the rest of the dishes from the oven to put in the fridge, telling myself one was enough. An extra treat at the end of a hard day. I've put three ramekins into the refrigerator when I can't stand it and dig into the second, eating more slowly this time, slipping out of my coat, savoring the custard on my tongue. Two is definitely enough, I'm thinking as I lick the inside of the cup, two is perfect. I'm picking up the remaining cup to put in the fridge but I turn instead, head for the bedroom with ramekin in hand. At least wait until you've gotten undressed and in bed, I told myself, surely you can wait. I make it as far as the doorway and I'm digging my spoon into a third caramel. Don't beat yourself up, I think when I'm done, it's just fake eggs and skim milk, a little sugar. It's for Cooking for Life, for God's sake, it can't be bad for you, but I feel bad somehow as I finish off the third ramekin. Okay, I'm satisfied now, I tell myself, and I can go to sleep. I get undressed , pull on my T-shirt and flannel boxers, head for the bathroom to brush my teeth, but suddenly I'm taking a detour to the kitchen, opening the fridge, staring at the three remaining custards. If I eat just one more, there'll be two left and I can take them to share with Benny tomorrow. That won't be so bad. I pick up the fourth ramekin, close the fridge, and eat as slowly as I can to truly appreciate the flavor. Restaurant desserts are easily as big as four of these little things.
Jennie Shortridge, Eating Heaven

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Jeannie Faulkner Barber Jennie, you've had a lot to handle in your life, God bless you. Thanks so much for being a friend.
Hugs,
Jeannie


Jennie Mary wrote: "Hi Jennie,

Nice to meet you on GoodReads!

Nice to meet you, too, Mary! Happy reading . . .
Jennie




Jennie Natasha wrote: "You sound phenomenal. Nice to meet you."

Natasha, I just found this! Nice to meet you too. :-)




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Mary Hi Jennie,

Nice to meet you on GoodReads!

Mary
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Natasha Munson You sound phenomenal. Nice to meet you.


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