It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jennifer Haupt, one absolutely fantastic writer and woman, has joined the Central Avenue family.
Jennifer went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, a decade after the genocide that wiped out over a million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief.
She spent a month travelling in the 10,000 hills with a guide, interviewing genocide survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and came home to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel.
Haupt has travelled to Africa five times, as well as to Haiti, Lebanon, and other locations for business and pleasure. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.
Central Avenue is honoured to be publishing her first novel: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills in April 2018. Set in post-genocide Rwanda, it’s a beautifully-crafted story of three women searching for amahoro in their own lives. It’s already getting some significant attention, with endorsements from Wally Lamb (I Know This Much is True) and Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You) and several other talented and award-winning authors.
We’ll be posting more about it in the weeks to come, including its beautiful cover art, so stay tuned and in the meantime, feel free to send Jennifer a note of welcome over on Facebook.