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Jenna Blum

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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
Jenna Blum recommends
My Enemy's Cradle (2007)
Sara Young
"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)
Kaira Rouda
"Endearingly honest, consistently upbeat, Here, Home, Hope is an inspiring read that left me feeling genuinely hopeful."
This Burns My Heart (2011)
Samuel Park
"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)
Nelle Davy
"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!"
Margot (2013)
Jillian Cantor
"A compassionate imagining of what might have happened had Anne Frank's sister Margot survived."
An Unseemly Wife (2014)
E B Moore
"Absolutely top-notch, beautiful and harrowing."
I'll Stay (2018)
Karen Day
"I'll Stay is a heart-pounding, addictive portrait of how one split-second choice can twist our whole lives—and how the patterns of our lives lead us to those choices. A smart, compassionate, psychological spellbinder of a book—with one of the scariest scenes you'll read anywhere that'll stay with you forever!"
Ecstasy (2018)
Mary Sharratt
"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 Rain Watcher (2018)
Tatiana De Rosnay
"Hypnotic, passionate, ominous and tender-unforgettable."

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