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Kupfer, Fern

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Comments from the author about writing: Fern Kupfer is a memoirist, columnist, novelist and popular speaker. Her new book, Leaving Long Island,is a memoir about being a woman of a certain age (born in 1946) and surviving the loss of a child, the explosive end of a long marriage, and the discovery of a genetic inheritance (the BRCA 1 gene) endemic to the Ashkenazi Jewish population. It is a second half of life story, a dead-true depiction of an ordinary life of pain and happy second chances. Kupfer's work has appeared in Newsweek, Newsday, Redbook, Family Circle, Woman's Day, The Women's Review of Books, Writer's Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Parents magazine, Moment, Cosmopolitan and The Des Moines Register; her essays have been anthologized in collections including Nice Jewish Girls, The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives and Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers on Fairytales. Her columns appeared in Newsday from 1993 - 2005. Her novels include Surviving the Seasons (Delacorte), No Regrets (Viking), and Love Lies (Simon and Schuster). A memoir, the best selling Before and After Zachariah, a story about family life with a severely disabled child is in its third edition (Academy Chicago). All of her books have been published internationally. Surviving the Seasons was nominated for the Jewish Book Award. Fern Kupfer has been a public speaker for family advocacy and special needs children, lecturing all over the United States at conferences, hospitals and schools. She has appeared on Good Morning America and has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Until her retirement from Iowa State in 2011, she was a tenured professor, teaching creative writing and magazine writing. She is married to the Lebanese-American writer Joseph Geha. Their family combines step-children and grandchildren, Middle Easterners, Mid-Westerners, gentiles and Jews. They live in the middle of the country - Iowa - where the corn is high, the political caucus begins, families grow hearty and the people are almost always nice.

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genres: Memoir, Memoir, Essays, Realistic Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Yes

County: Story

Books By This Author

  • Leaving Long Island and other Departures. Lulu, 2012
  • Love Lies, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994
  • No Regrets, Viking, New York, 1989
  • Surviving the Seasons, Delacorte Press, New York, 1987
  • Before and after Zachariah: a family story about a different kind of courage, Academy Chicago, New York, 1988, 1982

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