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Jenny McPhee

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Jenny McPhee is the author of the novels A Man of No Moon, No Ordinary Matter, and The Center of Things. She is the coauthor with her sisters Martha and Laura of Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Her translations include Paolo Maurensig's Canone Inverso, and Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II.
Her short stories and articles have appeared in Bookforum; Brooklyn Review; Descant; Glamour; Glimmer Train; Harper’s Bazaar; The New York Times and Zoetrope.
She is on the board of The Bronx Academy of Letters. She is presently living in London where she co-runs The Upper Wimpole Street Literary Salon.

Favorite Quote: “I read poetry to save time.” –Marilyn Monroe



Midway through David Thomson’s meandering and (self-) reflective history of world cinema, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies and What They Did to Us, he discusses British director David Lean’s classic film Brief Encounter, a “woman’s film” about an adulterous affair. Thomson is mystified by the film’s “tacit admission of women’s tragic position, whereas in Lean’s best-loved films (The Bridge Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.75 · 2,778 ratings · 308 reviews · 14 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Center of Things

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No Ordinary Matter

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A Man of No Moon: A Novel

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Family Lexicon

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The Magic Paint

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The Kremlin Ball

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Neapolitan Chronicles

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message 6: by Kris

Kris Jenny wrote: "Me too, Kris. Just noticed you and I were born on the same day! (with a five year gap in your favor). Much in common...."

That's great -- I love coincidences like that. :)

message 5: by Jenny

Jenny McPhee Me too, Kris. Just noticed you and I were born on the same day! (with a five year gap in your favor). Much in common....

message 4: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much for the friend request, Jenny! I see a lot of overlap in our shelves already. I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews and to having some great discussions with you.

message 3: by Ben

Ben Loory i love the movie too, and didn't even know it was a book, found it by accident at the bookstore. but the book is really different; it's not as glossy or romantic, and is told from different POVs. it's the kinda book that makes me wish i was back in college so i could write a paper about it. i hope you like it! also vera caspary sounds like a really interesting person and apparently wrote a ton.

message 2: by Jenny

Jenny McPhee Thanks Ben! It's one of my favorite all time movies but I had no idea the book it is based on is by a woman! I love that Femme Fatale series and will order it subito. Can't wait to read it.

message 1: by Ben

Ben Loory jenny mcphee! have you read Laura? i think you might really like it!

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