The Future Tense Of Joy: A Memoir by Jessica TeichThe Future Tense Of Joy: A Memoir by Jessica Teich

The Future Tense Of Joy: A Memoir

byJessica Teich

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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'No one was less likely to take her own life.' That's what her Oxford thesis advisor wrote. From the moment I stumbled across the obituary, late at night when I couldn't sleep, I was captivated, and it wasn't the terrible details of her death: That she leapt from the balcony of a high rise in Century City. That she was 27, and a newlywed.' So begins Jessica Teich's quest to unravel a mystery: the suicide of someone she never met. Bright and accomplished, with a loving family, Jessica knows she should be happy. But a violent childhood has left its mark. Jessica fears she will never be free of her past-until she discovers the obituary of a young woman, whose life is a ghostly echo of her own. Can Jessica discover what drove this brilliant young woman to kill herself? And will discovering the truth save Jessica from the fissures tearing apart her own life? A deeply intimate psychological memoir,The Future Tense of Joy is the luminous account of one woman's efforts to free herself, and her family, from the demons of the past. Witty, brave and suspenseful, the book has been hailed by Meryl Streep as 'beautiful, compassionately imagined.' Steve Martin called it 'a daring and intimate journey into the soul of motherhood.'

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Jessica Teich graduatedsumma cum laude from Yale and received an M.Phil degree from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Her previous book,Trees Make The Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child In A Complex World, appeared inVanity Fair, People, Us, andThe Chicago Tribune, and was featured on theToday show. For almost a decade...

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Title:The Future Tense Of Joy: A MemoirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1580055699

ISBN - 13:9781580055697

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'Provocative in its questioning of what female success really means. An honest, compassionate memoir about shaking off personal demons.'-Kirkus'A daring and intimate journey into the soul of motherhood. Compelling.'-Steve Martin'Jessica Teich's understanding of trauma is the infallible authority upon which her tale rests. But the delicacy and nuance with which she renders this story is that of a poet. This beautiful, compassionately imagined book will bring a pang of recognition to anyone who has traveled to young adulthood from a wounded adolescence via the quest for 'perfection.''-Meryl Streep'Intoxicating and deeply immersive. This elegant book has a cinematic immediacy. It's a page turner and thriller in the best sense of both words.'-Daniel Silva, #1 New York Times bestselling author'A dazzling debut. Teich moves immediately to the first ranks of memoirists. Her book is wry and poetic and deeply moving. This story of hope and healing will lift your heart.'-Harlan Coben , #1 New York Times bestselling authorJessica Teich takes us on a passionate and inspiring quest revealing how unresolved traumatic experiences and the societal push for performance and perfection can rob us of the joy of simply being. Within the wisdom of this tale, we gain knowledge and insight into how best to navigate, as women and men, the important challenges of the passage from childhood into adulthood to create a life of meaning and connection."-Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.,New York Times bestselling author ofBrainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, andMind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human"Teich looks at motherhood, depression, the effect of damaging relationships, and the challenges placed on successful, driven women. She does so with grace and openness, even while exploring painful parts of her past."-Library Journal "