Jennifer S. Brown

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Jennifer S. Brown lives and writes in the suburbs of Boston. She grew up in Florida, but has slowly discovered the benefits of cold weather, and she's developed a passion for snow shoeing, drinking bourbon in front of the fireplace, and writing while draped with a blanket. She's an avid runner, a voracious reader, and a passionate, if not quite skilled, baker. She lives with her husband and two kids. Jennifer loves visiting with book groups, in person in the Boston area or via Skype elsewhere. E-mail her at jennifer@jennifersbrown.com if you'd like to arrange a book club visit!

Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and she was the winner of the 2005 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (judged by Robert
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Jennifer S. Brown Besides drinking bourbon? (Actually, I'm not supposed to say that. The drinking references worry my mom. I'm fine, Mom!)

I'm a former runner who now is…more
Besides drinking bourbon? (Actually, I'm not supposed to say that. The drinking references worry my mom. I'm fine, Mom!)

I'm a former runner who now is a walker (knee issues. Boo!), which I rely on when I'm stuck on plot points. I find fresh air and movement gets the brain going and it's almost always while exercising that I've solved major novel problems. I've also recently discovered yoga, which is less for the brain and more for working out my sore shoulders after being hunched over the computer. I'm an avid amateur genealogist (which I also as research in my fiction and creative nonfiction) and I truly excel at wasting time on social media.

Oh, and I should probably mention caring for my kids, but as one's a tween and the other a teen, my main job for them these days is chauffeuring.

But most of my days I spend thinking about writing, avoiding writing, worrying about writing, and, every now and then, writing. :-)

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Jennifer S. Brown Hi Jon: I sympathize with you! As you are probably aware, book pricing is completely out of my control. However, I would like to make sure you know th…moreHi Jon: I sympathize with you! As you are probably aware, book pricing is completely out of my control. However, I would like to make sure you know that you can read the beginning of the book on Amazon's "Look Inside the Book" feature to see if it would interest you. Then, if it does, many libraries around the country are carrying MODERN GIRLS (to my delight!). If you'd like to read it, I'd suggest seeing if your local library carries it. If they don't, many libraries are open to requests from patrons. Book pricing can seem crazy--I don't understand all the nuances--and I wish it were something I could do something about. But I hope you will find another way to read and enjoy the book. (less)
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It’s My Birthday and I’ll Wallow If I Want To

I confess this will be a hastily written post, because I’m tired because I’m battling insomnia these days, I drove a ridiculous amount today (from New York City to Westchester, Westchester to multiple Boston drop offs, to home), and tomorrow I have a ton to do for my daughter’s last day of school/prepping for summer […]
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The audiobook narrator is truly fantastic. This book is told from many points of views, but at no time was I unsure whose voice we were in. She did a marvelous job.

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