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Faculty Focus By Britt Gambino
 
Gotham teacher Jessie Sholl didn’t think she’d enjoy writing a memoir as much as she enjoyed writing a novel.

Here’s how this fiction writer ended up switching gears and finding her Zen in nonfiction:

While her agent was shopping her novel to publishers, Jessie mentioned a personal story she had wanted to write about for a long time. After Jessie revealed the idea, her agent encouraged her to explore the territory she had been so fearful to tread: her mother’s compulsive hoarding. In the interim, her novel got turned down and her memoir proposal sold. It felt like a sign. And so Jessie finally wrote her memoir Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean about Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding.

She worked on a...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Paul Witcover recently saw the release of The Watchman of Eternity, the anticipated sequel to his previous book The Emperor of All Things. In this next installment, we return to the world of Daniel Quare and the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers as he sets out to find a deadly timepiece—a watch with a taste for blood. But a French spy/assassin is out to sabotage Quare’s mission.

Steal a peek at this excerpt.

"Needful Things"
 
Aylesford opened his eyes in a soft, dry bed, in a room warmed by a peaty fire. He lay without moving for a while, half asleep, remembering like the drowsy ebbing of a dream how he’d cast himself into the storm-racked sea, trusting in the power of the relic, or rather the god within the relic, to bring him safely to shore. That act of faith had been rewarded, it appeared, yet he had no memory of how he had come to be here . . . or where, for that matter, ...
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