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Pop-up: Jenny Forrester

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Portland-based writer, Jenny Forrester, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky.

Forrester is paired with Sketch of Table Rock Near Medford by Frank Vincent DuMond; found in the Northwest Art, floor 3, gallery 302. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


In the vein of The Liar’s Club and The Glass Castle, Jenny Forrester’s memoir perfectly captures both place and a community situated on the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, where she grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester’s powerfully eloquent story reveals a rural small town comprising God-fearing Republicans, ranchers, Mormons, and Native Americans. With sensitivity and resilience, Forrester navigates feelings of isolation, an abusive boyfriend, sexual assault, and a failed college attempt to forge a separate identity. As young adults, after their mother’s accidental death, Forrester and her brother are left with an increasingly strained relationship that becomes a microcosm of America’s political landscape. Narrow River, Wide Sky is a breathtaking, determinedly truthful story about one woman’s search for identity within the mythology of family and America itself.

Jenny Forrester

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts MagazineNailed MagazineHip MamaThe Literary KitchenIndiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland, Oregon. Her debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is published by Hawthorne Books. 
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