by Rachel Manley
Format: Trade Paperback w/ flaps
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
FIC000000 FICTION / General
FIC071000 FICTION / Friendship
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC044000 FICTION / Women
Publication Date: September 28, 2019
The recipient of a prestigious Gunter Fellowship, Jessica leaves behind Jamaica, the only country she’s ever known, for Cambridge, Massachusetts, near the end of the twentieth century. In her fellowship year, she is to write a memoir about her father, a professor of mathematics at the University of the West Indies.
Attuned to watching for meaning below the surface of things, Jessica learns about the women with whom she shares her year, twenty women, all in middle age, all accomplished — considerably more accomplished than her slim volumes of poetry and one memoir allow her to feel.
Amidst the academic, artistic, and scholarly life of the Gunter Center, Jessica finds comfort and solace in a deepening friendship with her landlady, a retired economist whose life story she hears and records over the course of her fellowship year.