News Release

Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir by Jenny Forrester, released by Hawthorne Books May 1, 2017

For immediate release 13 Oct 2016

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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. With sensitivity and resilience, Forrester navigates feelings of isolation, an abusive boyfriend, sexual assault, and a failed college attempt to forge a separate identity. As young adults, after their mother’s accidental death, Forrester and her brother are left with an increasingly strained relationship that becomes a microcosm of America’s political landscape. Narrow River, Wide Sky is a breathtaking, determinedly truthful story about one woman’s search for identity within the mythology of family and America itself.

Marketing: Promo through author’s website. Curator of Unchaste Readers Series national events tie-in. Ten-city book tour. Advertising budget available. Co-op budget available. Major national reviews pitch. Mass galley mailing. Bookclub outreach. eGalleys on Edelweiss. Author appearance at Winter Institute.

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series.

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