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by Jenny Forrester

The West, Two Ways: An Excerpt from Jenny Forrester’s New Memoir, by Portland Monthly

20 Apr 2017|

In Narrow River, Wide Sky, the local writer mines her childhood culture shock in Colorado.

Jenny Forrester is the force behind Portland’s Unchaste Readers—a quarterly reading series for women, now in its fifth year—and an award-winning flash fiction writer. Her new memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky (Hawthorne Books, May 1), is an unsentimental portrait of small-town Colorado, a formative environment that both oppressed her and shaped her identity. The book explores the complex forces of...Forward

“Forrester doesn’t gloss over the difficult parts of her life, but rather tells stories of how that adversity formed a stronger individual.” —Jeff Fleischer, Foreword Reviews

27 Mar 2017|

In Narrow River, Wide Sky, Jenny Forrester traces her journey from growing up in a trailer in a small, conservative Colorado town to becoming a college-educated, feminist writer, and how that changes her relationships along the way. This is a moving memoir about how the influence of family can remain long after people drift apart, and how one never truly forgets the circumstances of one’s childhood.

Forrester’s relationship with her mother forms the core of the story; the book starts with...Forward

Jenny Forester’s debut Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir included in The Oregonian‘s 24 NW Books We’re Excited to Read.

04 Jan 2017|

Narrow River, Wide Sky, by Jenny Forrester, was included along with other Portland luminaries such as Lidia Yuknavitch, Renée Watson, Brian Doyle, Blake Nelson, and Renee Macalino Rutledge. Of Jenny Forester’s debut, Amanda Bullock of Literary Arts says, “I can’t wait to read her work.”

To see the entire list, go to The Oregonian.

Jenny Forrester has hit the mother lode.
Lidia Yuknavitch, Author of The Chronology of Water

This is a voice of the American West.
Ariel Gore, Author of The End of Eve

On the Colorado Plateau among slot canyons and rattlesnakes, Jenny Forrester grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester’s powerfully eloquent story reveals a rural small town comprising God-fearing Republicans, ranchers, Mormons, and Native Americans....Forward