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Jennifer S. Brown

Jennifer S. Brown lives, writes, runs, and mothers in the suburbs of Boston. She earned a BFA in filmmaking from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. Brown later worked as an editor at what was then billed a, “that little online bookstore,” (aka Amazon.com). She was the winner of the 2005 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (judged by Robert Olen Butler) in the Southeast Review. Her creative nonfiction piece, “The Codeine of Jordan,” published in the Bellevue Literary Review, was selected as a notable essay in 2012’s The Best American Travel Writing and included in volume 9 of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. In 2016, Brown published her first novel, Modern Girls, set in 1935 on the Lower East Side of New York about two women--mother and daughter--and their two unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. It became a USA Today bestseller, and Kirkus called it "A clear-eyed view of the sharp, difficult choices facing women on the cusp of equality."

Writing as a contributor for WBUR  
Kirkus review of Modern Girls
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