I’m honored and delighted to host the lovely, talented Jessica Treadway on my blog this week. My teacher, thesis advisor and mentor, Jessica is also a cherished friend.
I met Jessica my first semester at Emerson College, when I was a grad student in her fiction workshop. The moment I walked into the classroom and saw her warm, welcoming face, I knew I’d met someone special. Jessica’s generosity and kindness inspired me as a teacher. And her advice and encouragement helped me mature as a writer, and also make sense of process, enabling me to develop a routine of my own.
From Jessica, I learned to work in manageable increments and follow my instincts. I learned that writing well takes time, and I learned to be more patient with my work. It can be hard to step away from a project to attend to real life. Despite our best-laid plans, life sometimes gets in the way. Listening to, talking with Jessica, I learned we need not be slaves to or made to feel guilty by artificial structures and expectations.
Above all, by believing in me, Jessica taught me to believe in myself, and to have confidence in my work. For all of this I am and always will be profoundly grateful.
A brilliant, award-winning writer, Jessica is one of the most reflective, insightful authors I know. This week, we’ll feature her fourth book and latest novel, Lacy Eye, the mesmerizing, gorgeously written story of a family torn apart by a brutal murder and disfiguring assault. This heartbreaking, luminously detailed story explores the difficulties—and wonders—of family life, and challenges our assumptions, inviting hard questions about parents, children, family relationships, and contemporary life.
Join Us Every Day
- Tuesday: Part One of Jessica’s interview
- Wednesday: Jessica shares an excerpt from Lacy Eye
- Thursday: Part Two of Jessica’s interview
- Friday: Jessica shares some of her favorite quotes from Lacy Eye
- Saturday: Terri shares her favorite short selections from the book
- Sunday: Final day to enter the giveaway!
- Stop by every day and share for more giveaway entries! You could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
When Hanna and Joe send their awkward daughter Dawn off to college, they hope she will finally “come into her own.” So when Dawn brings her new boyfriend, Rud, to her sister’s wedding, her parents try to suppress their troubling impressions of him for Dawn’s sake. Not long after, Hanna and Joe suffer a brutal home invasion, resulting in Joe’s death and Hanna’s severe injury and memory loss.
Rud is convicted of the crime, but Dawn also faces scrutiny and suspicion. Determined to exonerate her daughter and condemn her husband’s murderer, Hanna resolves to recall that traumatic night so she can testify in the retrial. But as memories resurface, Hanna faces the unsettling question of how well she knows her own daughter—or whether she ever did.