The Future Tense of Joy; A Memoir with Jessica Teich
Jessica Teich shares her story as a “survivor,” and the story of a woman who haunted her, bewitched her, and, ultimately, saved her. A psychological memoir driven by a mystery, this book transcends the story of two intertwined lives to raise questions about the societal pressures so many girls and women face: to be perfect, and to be invisible.
Survivors tend to remember the past in pieces. Sometimes, decades after they’ve moved on, a sharp, stinging shard of memory will pierce the membrane of “normal” life. That was true for Jessica Teich. A smart, self-reliant woman who’d had many privileges—an education at Yale, then at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; a career in the arts; a loving husband; two lovely daughters—she rejected the label “survivor.”
JESSICA TEICH graduated summa 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 in Vanity Fair, People, Us, and The Chicago Tribune, and was featured on the Today show. She subsequently received a grant to write and direct a movie for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute. Teich served as head of the Biography committee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.
Jessica's book is available at Amazon.com