Jessamyn Hope is an award-winning writer of fiction and memoir. Her debut novel Safekeeping was a Boston Globe recommended read; acclaimed by The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Jerusalem Post, and Tablet Magazine; a New York Public Library Staff Pick; a 2018 National Jewish Book Club pick; winner of the J.I. Segal Award in English Fiction; and a finalist for both the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and the Paterson Fiction Prize. Safekeeping can also be found at number two on BuzzFeed's "53 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down."
Her short memoirs—originally published in Ploughshares, Five Points, PRISM International and Colorado Review—have received two Pushcart Prize honorable mentions and have been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays, The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose, and The New Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing. In 2019, her first short stories are appearing in The Hopkins Review and J Journal, and a new short memoir is forthcoming in The Common. Excerpts from her novels initially appeared in Descant, Green Mountains Review, Lilith, and Harpur Palate. She was the Susannah McCorkle Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Hope was raised in Montreal by a mother who was born in Italy and a father who grew up in South Africa, where his grandparents had immigrated to from Lithuania. After living in Israel, she moved to New York City, which has been her home for the last twenty years. There she lives with her scholarly husband and two scrappy dogs. Aside from her obsession with literature and film, Jessamyn is an avid traveler who has backpacked in over fifty countries, from the Mongolian steppes to the Amazonian backwaters; ridden the trans-Siberian railway twice; and bicycled from Istanbul to Gibraltar.
The rest is in her memoirs.