Author of MODERN GIRLS
(NAL/Penguin, April 5, 2016)
Jennifer S. Brown has lived on three of the four corners of the U.S. (well sort of, if you squint at the map a little: Miami Beach, New York, Seattle), and now calls the suburbs of Boston her home. She lives with her main writing distractions: her husband and her two kids, who have hit the tween years with a vengeance. She has a BFA in film & television from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. She is proud the journey from MFA to published debut novel only took twenty years. Modern Girls will be published on April 5, 2016.
Jennifer’s fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Fiction Southeast, Sierra Nevada Review, and Sojourn, among other literary journals, and she was the winner of the 2005 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (judged by Robert Olen Butler) in the Southeast Review. Her creative nonfiction piece, “The Codeine of Jordan,” published in the Bellevue Literary Review, was selected as a notable essay in 2012’s The Best American Travel Writing and included in volume 9 of The Best Women’s Travel Writing.
About MODERN GIRLS
How was it that out of all the girls in the office, I was the one to find myself in this situation? This didn’t happen to nice Jewish girls.
In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drinks, and eyes the latest fashions. Yet at heart, she is a dutiful daughter, living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. So when, after a single careless night, she finds herself in a family way by a charismatic but unsuitable man, she is desperate: unwed, unsure, and running out of options.
After the birth of five children—and twenty years as a housewife—Dottie’s immigrant mother, Rose, is itching to return to the social activism she embraced as a young woman. With strikes and breadlines at home and National Socialism rising in Europe, there is much more important work to do than cooking and cleaning. So when she realizes that she, too, is pregnant, she struggles to reconcile her longings with her faith.
As mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, they are forced to confront their beliefs, the changing world, and the fact that their lives will never again be the same….