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Jean Hegland

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Jean Hegland's first novel, INTO THE FOREST, has been translated into eleven languages and is a frequent choice for campus- and community-wide reading programs. A film version starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood is scheduled for release in spring 2015. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY promises her second novel, WINDFALLS, is “a good prospect for reading groups.” Excerpts from her non-fiction work, THE LIFE WITHIN: CELEBRATION OF A PREGNANCY, have appeared in a junior high school science textbook, a college English textbook, and a guided journal for pregnant women. STILL TIME, her most recent novel, celebrates the work of William Shakespeare while taking a hopeful look at the harrowing challenges of dementia. Jean is a frequent presenter at writers' c ...more

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Jean Hegland I love it whenever anyone asks this question, since it implies that, like me, they, too, continue to wonder what happened after INTO THE FOREST ended!…moreI love it whenever anyone asks this question, since it implies that, like me, they, too, continue to wonder what happened after INTO THE FOREST ended! For many years, I was happy to leave it at that, but lately I've found myself wondering--and even writing--about what those characters are doing now, so maybe there will be some kind of sequel, after all. Wish me luck! (less)
Jean Hegland Thanks for your question, Meira!

What inspired me to write INTO THE FOREST turned out to be a lucky conjunction of a number of the questions I'd been t…more
Thanks for your question, Meira!

What inspired me to write INTO THE FOREST turned out to be a lucky conjunction of a number of the questions I'd been thinking a lot about at that particular point in my life. For example, I was living in an actual forest for the first time ever, so I was curious about both forests in general, and also about the particular forest in which I was living. In addition, although neither my mother, my maternal grandmother, nor I had a sister, I had one- and three-year-old daughters, so I was very curious about the potential challenges and blessings of sisterhood. And finally, I was very concerned about the future. It was clear to me that those of us who live in consumer societies would not be able to continue our current lifestyles indefinitely. The Earth is a big and benevolent planet, but its resources are not infinite, and I found myself fascinated by what one version of that disruption might look like, and what it might be possible to learn from it.



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“This body is yours. No one can ever take it from you, if only you will accept yourself, claim it again--your arms, your spine, your ribs, the small of your back. It's all yours. All this bounty, all this beauty, all this strength and grace is yours. This garden is yours. Take it back. Take it back.”
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“I think unconsciously I was afraid that if she asked me how I felt, my unleashed grief and rage would kill us all. In some unadmitted corner of myself I was already weeping and screaming and begging her not to leave me, not to go. If I started crying for real, only her comfort could make me stop, and if she died before she had finished comforting me, then I would be left to cry forever.”
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“I never knew how much we consumed. It seems as if we are all appetite, as if a human being is simply a bundle of needs to drain the world. It's no wonder there are wars, no wonder the earth and water and air are polluted. It's no wonder the economy collapsed, if Eva and I use so much merely to stay alive.”
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