Author Reading: Jessica Teich

"No one was less likely to take her own life." That's what her Oxford thesis advisor wrote. This sentence was the spark that launched Jessica Teich's quest to unravel the mysterious suicide of someone she never met. Jessica Teich was bright and accomplished and had a loving family, but she was still haunted by a violent childhood. One day, Jessica discovers the obituary of a young woman, whose life is a ghostly echo of her own. Can Jessica discover what drove this brilliant young woman to kill herself? And will discovering the truth save Jessica from the fissures tearing apart her own life?
A deeply intimate psychological memoir, The Future Tense of Joy is the luminous and suspenseful account of one woman's efforts to free herself, and her family, from the demons of the past. The book has been hailed by Meryl Streep as beautiful and compassionately imagined. Steve Martin called it "a daring and intimate journey into the soul of motherhood."

Jessica Teich graduated summa cum laude from Yale and received an MPhil degree from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Her previous book, Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child in a Complex World, was featured in Vanity Fair, the Chicago Tribune, and on the Today show. For almost a decade, Teich has worked as a literary manager, commissioning and developing plays, and subsequently received a grant to write and direct a movie for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and dog.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Women & Children First
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ISBN: 9781580055697
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - September 27th, 2016