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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennie Fields  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Fields was born in Chicago and was raised in Highland Park. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and painting from The University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennie Fields received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of four novels. An Illinois native, she spent 25 years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Fields loves participating in book groups who are reading ''The Age of Desire''. Many people have questions about how I came to write the book, how much of the book is based in fact and what eventually happened to the characters later in their lives. If you’d be interested in having her speak, complete the online [ form] on her website.

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 178503801X. OCLC Number: 1024265635


Crossing Brooklyn ferry /
ISBN: 0060099437. OCLC Number: 48958322

Perennial,. .

Crossing brooklyn ferry :
ISBN: 9780061881831. OCLC Number: 877891862

HarperCollins e-Books,. .

Escaping the narrow, wealthy life she led in Manhattan, Zoe Finney moves her family to Park Slope, Brooklyn, an area of beautiful old brownstones where working-class families have lived for generations. A poor girl who married into money, Zoe finds comfort in the close-knit neighborhood. She hopes the change will reinvigorate her profoundly depressed husband and provide a happy place for her small daughter, Rose, to grow. But her arrival there alters the lives around her, especially the handsome schoolteacher next door, Keevan O'Connor, who is deeply drawn to her. Despite Zoe's initial hesitation, they begin to fall in love. Rose is thrilled, recognizing in Keevan the warm, fun-loving father hers could never be. But when Zoe's husband wakes from his depression to see his wife slipping away, Zoe is torn between her love for two men.

Lily Beach :
ISBN: 0446670383. OCLC Number: 29595023

Warner Books,. .

The age of desire /
ISBN: 0091949718. OCLC Number: 800852013

Ebury Press,. .

Reimagines the midlife world of Edith Wharton and the impact of her affair with a young journalist on her longtime friendship with disapproving literary secretary Anna Bahlmann, in a tale told against the backdrop of Gilded Age Paris.

The middle ages
ISBN: 9780061871689. OCLC Number: 877992184

HarperCollins e-Books,. .

When you least expect it, life can turn you around. Take forty-something Jane Larson. Although she views her situation with wry humor, her life feels frozen. An architect, she's had the same job for eighteen years, designing chain banks, grocery stores, and dry cleaners instead of the beautiful houses she craves to create. Living in Brooklyn with her difficult teenage daughters, she's lost all hope for the possibility of love or excitement. Then she's let go from her firm and is suddenly free to pursue her career dreams. And when she contacts her old college flame, an exhilarating long-distance correspondence with him reawakens that part of her she's long ignored. Does Jane have the courage to gamble with her heart' Can happily-ever-after be a reality for people who've done it all before' With warmth and humor Fields explores the territory of middle age, proving that it's never too late to reinvent your life, or to take the risks that bring us the pleasures we all deserve.

The middle ages /
ISBN: 0688145906. OCLC Number: 47746265

William Morrow,. .

Feeling unfulfilled in her career and personal life, architect and single mom Jane Larsen calls upon an old boyfriend, the love of her life, and finds her interest in the outside world rekindled.