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Now to meet the author JANET JENSEN
About the AuthorJanet Jensen leads a quiet life in a college town nestled in the foothills of the northern edge of the Wasatch Mountains. She and her husband Miles, an attorney, met as members of Utah State University’s Intercollegiate Debate Team and are parents of three grown sons: a soccer enthusiast/physician in Salt Lake City, Utah; an exercise physiologist/football coach/graduate student in Jyvaskyla, Finland; and a skydiver/embedded systems engineer in Berkeley, California. The Jensens have happily become grandparents of four.
Janet is co-author of a literature-based cookbook, The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Great Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Wenger & Jensen, Ballantine, 2003), and an award-winning novel, Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys (Bonneville Books, 2007), which won a gold medal for Cultural Fiction in the Readers Favorite International Book Awards Contest.
Her work also appears in Parables for Today (Cedar Fort, 2012) and Gruff Variations (Writing for Charity, 2012). Baking Day, a personal essay, placed second in the 2011 national essay/memoir contest sponsored by The Writer Magazine and Gotham Writers Workshops.
Janet holds degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University and Northwestern University and worked in educational settings for more than twenty years.
A retired soccer mom, Cub Scout leader and PTA president, she is a now a full-time writer and a literacy tutor who feels genuine panic when she is stranded without something to read. Janet welcomes correspondence with readers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JanetKayJensenAuthor?fref=ts. She maintains a website at her website at www.janetjensen.com, and an author page at GoodReads. She tweets as JanetKJensen and blogs at www.janetkayjensen.blogspot.com.
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Gabriel's Daughters wrestles with issues of polygamy, homosexuality, and modernity through thelives of the large, loving, and polygamous Martin family. The story is told primarily through the eyes of Zina Martin, a young girl who, upon discovering she is impregnated by her "sterile" teacher—and will soon be married off to a man three times her age— escapes the enclosed polygamous town of Gabriel's Landing, Utah.
Zina then embarks on a journey full of self-discovery, yet she can never completely escape the longing she has for her family and even the controversial and outdated lifestyle she once lived. Through both tears and triumph, Jensen has crafted a moving story that not only acts as insightful social commentary but also prompts readers to reevaluate their lives.
Now for a fun little teasing snippet from the book:
Zina and her sisters had speculated about men and sex. Among them, following some furtive glances at encyclopedias in the public library and their mothers’ midwifery books, they had come up with a fairly accurate understanding of the process.
Sex education wasn’t part of the public school curriculum, but Zina had overheard students talking about it in the hallways.
What made the act so glorious, so spiritual, and so sacred, when the drawings and whispered conversations made it seem so ridiculous? And how soon would she have a baby after enduring it? Zina had never been as enamored with babies as some of her friends, many of whom now had one or even two babies of their own.
Zina knew what her own role was supposed to be. Everyone agreed she painted and drew very nice pictures, pretty ones, indeed; though her calling, her highest honor and aspiration in life, her celestial destiny, would be that glorious appointment as a wife and mother, submissive to her husband’s every desire and command.
Secretly, during Sunday services, she and her sisters used to study the men in the congregation. In their late-night giggling conversations, they speculated frankly about the advantages and disadvantages of each as a potential husband. The first characteristic they considered was the man’s age. Though it was common for men in their fifties and sixties to marry girls not yet out of their teens, if a girl had her choice, wouldn’t she prefer a younger man? Yes, definitely.
Excerpted from GABRIEL’S DAUGHTERS by JANET KAY JENSEN. Copyright © 2015 by JANET KAY JENSEN. Excerpted by permission of JOLLY FISH PRESS, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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