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General Information

Name:  Joanne Zienty  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Zienty was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. She attended the University of Chicago, earned her teaching certificate from Roosevelt University and a Master's in Library and Information Sciences from Dominican University. She currently resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joanne Zienty book, ''The Things We Save'', was named the 2014 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and vividly remembers the "glow of industry" that lit the night sky with an orange haze. She attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University, has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University and works as a library director for an elementary school district. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband, two daughters and one very naughty cat.

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Titles At Your Library

The Things We Save
ISBN: 1463696248

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011

Honored by the Illinois Library Association as the 2104 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author award-winner. Featured on WGN Radio - Bertrand on Books Interviewed on The Big Questions Podcast with Robert K. Elder A broken 45 rpm record held together with adhesive tape, a fading stack of Polaroids, a cobalt blue perfume bottle, and a braid of human hair … these are just some of the things Claire Sokol keeps stashed in an old Marshall Field’s gift box. But how did they get there and what do they signify? If these relics could talk, what stories would they tell? The tale of a child torn between the bitter sermons of a troubled, troublesome mother and the honeyed praise of the beautiful, sophisticated woman who just might be her fairy godmother? Of an innocent girl and boy lost in a dark, forbidding forest of adult lies and deceit? Of a young woman fighting to save a beloved father from his worst enemy – himself? Of a young man's death, a tragedy from which to flee or a mystery to finally solve? The Things We Save tells the story of the ways, both subtle and brutal, that a family falls apart and the intimate struggle to put what remains back together. It asks provocative questions about the nature of love, the corrosive effects of envy and guilt, and the limits of forgiveness. The Things We Save is for anyone who has ever slammed out a door with the vow to never return, only to find his or her way back home again.


The Things We Save

  • Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Winner, 2014

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