If jewelry could talk: Jessamyn Hope's Safekeeping views history through a brooch – The Montreal Gazette

"Montreal-born New Yorker Jessamyn Hope has received rave reviews for her debut novel, Safekeeping, which takes on a lot of challenges — structural, temporal and thematic — and meets them one by one."

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An Interview with Jessamyn Hope – Bookslut

"A book this special comes along only rarely, and I’m happy to have discovered it. It’s full of surprises, wisdom, and beauty. There’s nothing cliché or redundant about it.

I was very excited to have the chance to speak with Jessamyn about Safekeeping. You can read our interview below. . ."

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7 Things I've Learned So Far – Writer's Digest Blog

Touching on everything from workshopping tips to professional jealousy, Jessamyn Hope shares seven things she's learned along her writing journey that she wished she'd known at the beginning. 

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Sticks and Stones: Jessamyn Hope on Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox Podcast

"This week on Unorthodox: Trump supporters namedrop Auschwitz, plus debut novelist Jessamyn Hope and Nazi war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas."

Jessamyn joins the conversation at minute 11:50. 

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Jessamyn Hope Kibitzes About Her Debut – New York Mag's Bedford + Bowery

New York Magazine's Bedford + Bowery interviewed Jessamyn Hope at the iconic Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery on the Lower East Side. 

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The Sweeping Arc of Jewish History: An Interview with Jessamyn Hope – The Forward

"The late, great Italian novelist and memoirist Natalia Ginzburg once observed that everything that one writes is a little autobiographical. Glimmers of Jessamyn Hope’s personal story are scattered throughout her lovely, memorable and newly published novel, Safekeeping."

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Jessamyn Hope creates a music playlist for Safekeeping – Largehearted Boy

"Safekeeping spans seven centuries and three continents and features an international cast of characters, making this an eclectic playlist. These songs, all alluded to in the novel, include a medieval Gregorian chant, a 2014 hip-hop hit, a swing tune, an alt-rock ballad, a communist anthem, an Arab pop song, a 90s dance number, a classical nocturne, and an Israeli folk dance."

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Israel Then and Now: 6 Big Changes Since 1994 – The Jewish Book Council

Want to get into a time machine? As Visiting Scribe at "The Prosen People," Jessamyn Hope compares Israel today with the setting of her novel Safekeeping: Israel in 1994.

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4 Questions for Jessamyn Hope, Author of Safekeeping – Book Movement

"It’s hard to think of a better setting for a novel than a kibbutz: it has all the tension and gossip found in a small town, but this small town has the most incredible story. People who had narrowly escaped or survived the Holocaust, who had lost everyone and everything they had ever loved, somehow found the strength to start again."

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Safekeeping, A Kibbutz Novel – Kibbutz Volunteers Program Center

"The kibbutz and the volunteers lives are described with such vivid details, that we had to enquire and find answers to our curiosity concerning the author's kibbutz experience."

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Q&A with Deborah Kalb

Q&A with Jessamyn Hope – Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

"Our inner lives are accentuated by our outer worlds; without a vivid sense of place, a story loses its emotional power and its believability."

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Breaking In – Writer's Digest

The forthcoming July/August issue of Writer’s Digest features an interview with Jessamyn Hope about Safekeeping in their "Breaking In" column. "Breaking In" is dedicated to debut authors, looking at “how they did it, what they learned, and why you can do it, too."

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Author interview with Jessamyn Hope – Woodstock Writers Radio 

Jessamyn Hope talks to host Martha Frankel about Safekeeping, the kibbutz, and how different goodbyes were before the Internet. 

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Author Interview with Jessamyn Hope – Jewish Book Council

Safekeeping is a novel about personal tragedy, hope, and suffering within the backdrop of Jewish history.

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Jessamyn Hope reads the first few pages of Safekeeping – The Catapult

Episode 34 of The Catapult, a podcast of the best new writing, features Jessamyn Hope reading from Safekeeping and Alexis Coe from Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

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Speaking about Safekeeping at Tamid NYC

Jessamyn Hope speaks about her upcoming debut novel with Darren Levine.  

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Q&A with Book Culture

Q: Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why? 

A: Among my favorite books are The Remains of the DayThe English Patient and Gone with the Wind. I also loved Atonement. All these books, like Safekeeping, have very personal stories, essentially love stories, set against war and sweeping social change. 

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Jessamyn Hope speaks about her time on kibbutzim - Kirkus

"Jessamyn Hope’s debut novel Safekeeping is a sweeping and historical tale of the men and women who work and live on a kibbutz, an Israeli commune based around socialist ideals."

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Lifelong Writing Obsession Leads to Debut Novel – Authorlink

"Jessamyn Hope talks to us about her first novel, Safekeeping, her time on a kibbutz, and her lifelong obsession with writing."

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Jessamyn Hope's Diving Photos – Prism International

"In PRISM 52:4, Jessamyn Hope writes about her experiences as a diver in the personal essay ‘The Reverse.’ She was kind enough to share some photos related to the piece."

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