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.
Jenna's debut novel, Those Who Save Us, was published in hardcover by Harcourt in 2004 and in paperback in 2005. Excerpts from the novel appeared in Meridian, Prairie Schooner, and The Briar Cliff Review, which published two chapters from the book and nominated Jenna for a Pushcart Prize. In 2005, Hadassah Magazine published an excerpt from Those Who Save Us and awarded Jenna the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel, for excellence in Jewish-themed literature.
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."
Please Talk About Me When I'm Gone (2013)
"A mosaic love letter from a son to his lost mother... a thoughtful, compassionate meditation on being alive. In the end you should read it for the reason anyone reads good writing to feel less alone."
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