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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennie Fields  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Fields was born in Chicago and was raised in Highland Park. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and painting from The University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennie Fields received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of four novels. An Illinois native, she spent 25 years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Lily Beach
ISBN: 0446670383

Grand Central Publishing. 1994

This complex and widely acclaimed debut novel tells the story a talented artist who's rush of sexual pleasure with anonymous partners becomes her escape from painful memories--until one of the three important men in her life becomes a catalyst for violence, tragedy, and life-changing force. "One of the most memorable female characters in recent fiction"--Entertainment Weekly.

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Novel
ISBN: 0060099437

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2002

Escaping the narrow, wealthy life she led in Manhattan, Zoe Finney moves her family to Park Slope, Brooklyn, an area of beautiful old brownstones where working-class families have lived for generations.A poor girl who married into money, Zoe finds comfort in the close-knit neighborhood.She hopes the change will reinvigorate her profoundly depressed husband and provide a happy place for her small daughter, Rose, to grow.

But her arrival there alters the lives around her, especially the handsome schoolteacher next door, Keevan O'Connor, who is deeply drawn to her. Despite Zoe's initial hesitation, they begin to fall in love. Rose is thrilled, recognizing in Keevan the warm, fun-loving father hers could never be. But when Zoe's husband wakes from his depression to see his wife slipping away, Zoe is torn between her love for two men.

The Middle Ages
ISBN: 0688145906

William Morrow. 2002

From the acclaimed author of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry comes a sexy, witty urban love story for the ages.

For architect and single mom Jane Larson, life has become a numbing routine. Each morning she ascends from the subway to face the same job she's had for eighteen years: designing chain banks, grocery stores, and dry cleaners. In the evening she goes home to her teenage daughters who are increasingly critical of her. She's lost all interest in relationships and love, and her whole life feels frozen. But when she is suddenly let go from her firm, disaster turns into opportunity. She is forced to muster the courage to pursue her career dreams. And she begins an exhilarating, long-distance correspondence with Jack, her college flame.

Before long, her intimate conversations with Jack turn passionate, and Jane discovers that life after forty can be thrilling after all. But will the distance between Jack and Jane keep them apart? Can happily-ever-after be a reality for people who've done it all before?

The Age of Desire. by Jennie Fields
ISBN: 0091949718

Ebury. 2012

She is the darling of Parisian society. A famous author whose novels have captivated readers. He is a charming young journalist with nothing to lose. While novelist Edith Wharton writes of grand love affairs, she has yet to experience her own. Her marriage is more platonic than passionate and her closest relationship is with her literary secretary, Anna Bahlmann. Then Edith meets dashing Morton Fullerton, and her life is at last opened to the world of the sensual. But, in giving in to the temptation of their illicit liaison, Edith could lose everything else she holds dear...Set in the Gilded Age of Paris society, Jennie Field's sumptuous novel retells the true story of a scandal involving one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Fields loves participating in book groups who are reading ''The Age of Desire''. Many people have questions about how I came to write the book, how much of the book is based in fact and what eventually happened to the characters later in their lives. If you’d be interested in having her speak, complete the online [http://www.jenniefields.com/invite-jennie/ form] on her website.