Jenna Blum has been writing professionally since she was sixteen, when in 1986 her short story, "The Legacy of Frank Finklestein" won first prize in Seventeen Magazine's National Fiction Contest. Since then, Jenna's short stories and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary and commercial periodicals, including Faultline, The Kenyon Review (which awarded her the Charles Monroe Coffin Prize for Short Fiction), The Bellingham Review, Glamour, Mademoiselle, and The Improper Bostonian.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction (2010) (with Elizabeth Benedict, Molly Gloss, Nicole Mones, Maggie O'Farrell and Ann Patchett)
Grand Central (2014) (with Melanie Benjamin, Amanda Hodgkinson, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Jio, Kristina McMorris, Alyson Richman, Erika Robuck and Karen White)
Jenna Blum recommends
My Enemy's Cradle (2007)
"As her spirited heroine Cyrla navigates the treacherous labyrinth of the SS breeding nurseries, Sara Young shines a powerful flashlight on one of the lesser-known Nazi atrocities: the thievery of children from their mothers. Young's research is so scrupulous that when devouring this novel, you''ll swear you''re reading a genuine survivor account, and you'll hold your breath as Cyrla attempts to find and found her own family."
Here, Home, Hope (2011)
"Endearingly honest, consistently upbeat, Here, Home, Hope is an inspiring read that left me feeling genuinely hopeful."
This Burns My Heart (2011)
"Samuel Park's astonishing novel, This Burns My Heart, provides mesmerizing perspective into the life of a Korean wife and lover - intricate and intimate as only a woman's secret life can be."
The Legacy of Eden (2012)
"This dark tale of a golden farm family is a wonderfully Gothic read."
The Clover House (2013)
Henriette Lazaridis Power
"A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it!"
"A compassionate imagining of what might have happened had Anne Frank's sister Margot survived."
I'll Stay (2018)
"I'll Stay is a heart-pounding, addictive portrait of how one split-second choice can twist our whole livesand how the patterns of our lives lead us to those choices. A smart, compassionate, psychological spellbinder of a bookwith one of the scariest scenes you'll read anywhere that'll stay with you forever!"
"Evocative and passionate, Ecstasy illuminates through its tempestuous and talented heroine a conundrum that resonates across the centuries: how a woman can fulfill her destiny by being both a lover and an artist."
The Age of Light (2019)
"When I first read THE AGE OF LIGHT, I thought it might have been written expressly for me, since it has everything I love in it: photography, sex, love, war, 1920s Paris, a relationship struggle between two artists, a woman's journey from model to photographer, and the most exquisite writing. Then I realized: this magnetic, addictive novel will beguile every reader. Read it, read it!"
The Wartime Sisters (2019)
Lynda Cohen Loigman
"The Wartime Sisters shows the strength of women on the home front: to endure, to fight, and to help each other survive."
The Chef's Secret (2019)
"The Chef's Secret is a sumptuous buffet, serving up a love story (two of them!); mystery and suspense so thick you could cut it with, well, a chef's knife; and such a vibrant panorama of Ancient Rome you'll feel you've walked its streets and inhabited its kitchens. Anyone who loves history, food, a great story--read this novel! Warning: it will make you hungry."
The Forgotten Hours (2019)
"A relevant, compelling, and compassionate look at the torture of conflicted loyalties and the slipperiness of truth."
The Ghost Manuscript (2019)
"Absolutely addictiveIndiana Jones with a female lead. And I would follow heroine Carys anywhere: she's funny, warm, smart, and vulnerable. The fact that she's leading us on a treasure huntaccompanied by a ghostly monk, no lessmakes this a buddy story, a detective story, a thriller, a terrific read you will never forget."
Universe of Two (2020)
Stephen P Kiernan
"Stephen Kiernan has pulled off the nearly impossible...The most tender, terrifying, relevant book you'll read this year."
Millicent Glenn's Last Wish (2020)
"A novel about the legacies women pass to their daughtersand the price of the secrets they keep. Millie is a heroine to cheer for as she makes her journey from working wife and mom to grandmother seeking forgiveness for her decisionsmade because of jaw-dropping challenges you will never forget. You’ll miss her long after the book’s cover is closed."
All the Children Are Home (2021)
"This moving novel grabs you by the heart right away and doesn’t let go, celebrating the strength of the children who survive tragedy, the adults who take them in and love them, and the diverse families we make not from the people we might be born to but the people who are there and care."
Count the Ways (2021)
"Joyce Maynard is the queen of the family saga, and Count the Ways is the best! Instantly addicting, the story of Eleanor, Cam, and their children pulls you in and wraps itself around you like an heirloom quilt made of familiarity, intimacy, and the orchestral complexity of loving the people closest to us. This is the novel you'll be longing to return to at the end of every day and one you will re-read for years to come."
The Ocean in Winter (2021)
Elizabeth de Veer
"Wise, beautiful, moving, sad, rich...It makes you feel less alone on the trying, miraculous journey of being alive."
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