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Jessica Handler


  • b. Sept. 28, 1959 in Harrisburg, PA

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  • Atlanta, Fulton County

Notes of Interest

Jessica Handler's first book, "Invisible Sisters: A Memoir," has been chosen for inclusion on the Georgia Center for the book's 2010 list of "25 Books All Georgians Should Read."

"Invisible Sisters," published to critical acclaim in 2009, is Handler's powerful tale of coming of age -- as the daughter of progressive Jewish parents who moved to Atlanta to participate in the social justive movement of the 1960s; as a healthy sisters living in the shadow of the threatning illnesses of her siblings; as a daughter in a family torn apart by overwhelming grief; and as a young woman struggling to find and redefine herself anew after her sisters' deaths. Critics called it "a stirring and evocative chronicle of love and loss." "Invisible Sisters" also has been named one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Eight Great Southern Books in 2009."

Jessica Handler was born September 28, 1959 in Harrisburg, PA. Now living in Atlanta, she is a teacher of writing. Her nonfiction work has been heard on National Public Radio, and it has appeared in Newsweek, Tin House, Southern Arts Journal and Ars Medica. She received the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers workshop. She has been a Creative Writing Fellow at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Scirences and received special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize.

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