Long, long ago, Jac Jemc used to work at our feminist bookstore. Today, she is the author of one of the most anticipated psychological thrillers of the year! We're so honored to be hosting the launch party for The Grip of It.
Jac Jemc's The Grip of It tells the eerie story of Julie and James, a young couple settling into their new home and their relationship. But the house has plans for the unsuspecting couple. The architecture is claustrophobic, with rooms hidden rooms within rooms that become unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall, contracting, expanding, and mapping themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before them.
Jac Jemc is the author of My Only Wife, a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and the short story collection A Different Bed Every Time. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and in 2014 was named one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of Newcity's Lit 50 in Chicago. She recently completed a stint as the writer in residence at the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and StoryStudio Chicago. She is also the web nonfiction editor for Hobart.