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Jessica Hendry Nelson

Biography

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Jessica Hendry Nelson earned a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Alligator Juniper, Fringe and PANK. A chapter from IF ONLY PEOPLE COULD FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, “The Whitest Winter Light,” is a Notable essay in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2012. Currently, she is the senior nonfiction editor of The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and lives in Colchester, Vermont.

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Books by Jessica Hendry Nelson

by Jessica Hendry Nelson - Memoir, Nonfiction

In linked autobiographical essays, Jessica Hendry Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people: Nelson’s mother Susan, her brother Eric, and Jessica herself. These three characters are deeply bound to one another, not just by the usual ties of blood and family, but also by a mother's drive to keep her children safe in the midst of chaos.