Sunday, January 26, 2014

What is Jenny Hubbard reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Jenny Hubbard, author of And We Stay.

Her entry begins:
A Long Way from Verona, by Jane Gardam.

A quirky, fresh coming-of-age story for adults, especially those who always knew they would grow up to be writers. It was first published in England in 1971 and reissued recently by Europa Editions, which has introduced me to a goldmine of foreign authors....[read on]
About And We Stay, from the publisher:
When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.
Learn more about the book and author at Jenny Hubbard's website.

Hubbard is a poet and playwright. Pat Conroy called Paper Covers Rock, her debut novel, “one of the best young-adult books [he's] read in years.”

My Book, The Movie: Paper Covers Rock.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Jenny Hubbard and Oliver.

My Book, The Movie: And We Stay.

Writers Read: Jenny Hubbard.

--Marshal Zeringue