Professor's Novel Named Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Summer 2014

'The Blessings' by Elisa Juska is set for release on May 6 from Grand Central Publishing

February 11, 2014

The Blessings by Liberal Arts Associate Professor and Creative Writing Program Director Elise Juska has been named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Summer 2014.

Set for release on May 6 from Grand Central Publishing, Juska's latest novel has received advanced praise from several award-winning authors, as well as a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, which lauds the author for making the Blessings family "come beautifully to life in a deceptively simple tale" and bringing "a depth of understanding to the human condition."

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A deeply layered story about a close-knit Irish-Catholic family rooted in Northeast Philadelphia, The Blessings invites us into a fictional world that is as much familiar and charming as it is fractured and devastating.

Juska is the author of three previous novels published by Simon & Schuster: One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; The Hazards of Sleeping Alone; and Getting Over Jack Wagner, which was named a "Critic's Choice" in People magazine and optioned for film.

Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Good Housekeeping, The Hudson Review, Harvard Review, and many other journals and magazines. Her story "The Way I Saw the World Then" was published in The Missouri Review and cited by The Best American Short Stories 2010.

Juska began teaching at the University of the Arts in 2000 and, in 2002, received the Liberal Arts Division's Director's Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to directing the Creative Writing program, she serves as faculty advisor for the student literary magazine, Underground Pool.

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