The Reporter Group Gives Glowing Review to The Lost Family
"Blum’s greatest success is in creating three well-rounded characters whose inability to see each other clearly causes the sorrows that inform all their lives." Thank you to The Reporter Group for this thoughtful review of The Lost Family. To read the entire review, please click here.
Bustle Names The Lost Family One of Top 13 Historical Novels to Read to Escape
One of our favorite reasons to read? To escape for a while! We’re therefore thrilled that Bustle named The Lost Family one of the top books to read to escape this summer. Calgon and historical fiction, take us away! For the full list, click here.
Jewish United Fund - Chicago News Reviews The Lost Family
The New York Jewish Week Chooses The Lost Family as Must-Read Historical Novel
We're thrilled The New York Jewish Week chose The Lost Family as one of its must-read historical novels, praising its "rich storytelling." View the whole list here.
The Lost Family is Great Thoughts, Great Readers’ September 2018 Book Club Pick
"THE LOST FAMILY is touching, transformative, and heartbreaking.... entirely delicious!" ~ Book Reporter.com
We’re so moved & thrilled by this lovely, thoughtful review of The Lost Family by BookRepoter.com—which said “Jenna’s writing is entirely delicious!” & includes a little reveal about one of Jenna’s agent’s special edits. To read the full review, please click HERE.
The Detroit Jewish News Features The Lost Family On Summer Reading List
Thank you to The Detroit Jewish News for recommending The Lost Family as a summer must-read! (We’d also love to take a dip in that pool & investigate the section called “Nosh.”) To read the whole list, please click HERE.
⭐️ Publishers Weekly Gives The Lost Family 4th Starred Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We are so thrilled that the venerable Publishers Weekly has given The Lost Family a starred review—the novel’s 4th starred trade review. To read the review, please click HERE.
The Lost Family is The Christian Science Monitor Top Ten Pick for June
The Christian Monitor has chosen The Lost Family as one of its Top Ten picks for June, calling the novel “absorbing and emotionally resonant.” To read the full review, click HERE.
The Lost Family Recommended as Summer Read on WBUR’s Here & Now
ON WBUR 90.9’s Here & Now, Author Steve Almond (BAD STORIES) included The Lost Family on his list of summer must-read books by women, calling the novel “beautiful, sad, and wrenching.” To listen to the segment—which Jenna said raised her I.Q. and added to her TBR stack—click HERE.
The Lost Family Free Download on JetBlue
If you’re flying JetBlue this month, you can access a free download of The Lost Family via their web browser, FlyFi (open it, then click Books). Very friendly skies indeed!
People Magazine Gives The Lost Family Rave Review in Best New Books Feature
In its Best New Books feature, People says of The Lost Family, “Blum plumbs the depths of loss and love in this exquisite page-turner.” To view the page, click HERE—and/ or buy the print issue of People at your local newsstand!
True Confessions: Jenna’s “10 Things I’d Like My Readers To Know About Me,” in the UK’s Female First
How long did it take Jenna to publish her first book? What did she wear in one of her early food service jobs? Is it true she doesn’t like chocolate?! Jenna’s True Confessions for the UK’s Female First HERE.
Jenna’s Essay on Food in Fiction in LitHub
In this LitHub piece, Jenna writes about how she came to be obsessed with food in books, earned her kitchen scars, and invented the menus for The Lost Family—oh, and there may be a recipe for The Lost Family’s Masha Torte (double-chocolate German Torte) included as well. To read (perchance to bake), click HERE. Bon appétit!
Introducing The Lost Family UK edition!🇬🇧
We are thrilled to announce to our friends across the pond that The Lost Family is available NOW in the UK as an e-book from Blackfriars Books, an imprint of Little, Brown. Watch for the paperback coming in Fall 2018–meanwhile, happy e-reading! CinCIn! To purchase and download, please click here.
It’s here! Publication day for The Lost Family has finally arrived. The novel is available NOW wherever fine books are sold. CinCin and happy reading!
The Village Voice Gives The Lost Family Rave Review
In its must-read list 6 Summer Books That Explore The Immigrant Experience, The Village Voice says of The Lost Family, “The novel spans three decades, from the Sixties to the Eighties, but Blum’s sense of tension and mystery drives the plot forward at a delightful pace. She takes on the difficult task of rendering generational trauma visible, and does it with such humor and empathy, you can’t help but be swept along for the ride.” To read the entire review—& discover more terrifically compelling immigrant reads—click here.
Introducing The Lost Family (Virtual) Supper Club
Welcome to The Lost Family Supper Club! Until pub date on June 5th, food bloggers across America—invited by Jenna and The Book Club Cookbook—will be creating & posting dishes inspired by The Lost Family’s menus. Here’s our first guest, Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, presenting her Lavender-Salted Meringues, based upon “Masha’s Little Clouds” from the novel! For Camilla’s recipe & review (including passages from The Lost Family), please click HERE. And stay tuned—or follow #TheLostFamilySupperClub on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—to see what our esteemed guests cook up!
The Lost Family Hardcover Arrives!
Jenna was THRILLED to hold the hardcover of The Lost Family for the first time this week in the novel’s native habitat, New York! Here’s the proud new book mama with her 3rd baby—coming JUNE 5TH to you wherever books are sold.
Inspiration Behind The Lost Family: Jenna’s Guest Post for Book Club Girl
Readers always wonder what inspires an author to write a novel. Here is Jenna’s guest post for Book Club Girl, in which she shares her inspiration for The Lost Family—including her intervewing Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation.
“My Mom as My Greatest Inspiration—and Critic”—Jenna’s homage to her mom in Read It Forward
How have your parents shaped your reading preferences? Your career? Read Jenna’s essay on how her mom influenced her as a reader and a writer in her personal essay for Read It Forward. (And make sure you have Kleenex!)
BookBub names The Lost Family one of Best Historical Novels of Summer 2018!
We’re thrilled BookBub has named The Lost Family one of the best historical novels of Summer 2018. For the full list of books, please click here—and historical fiction lovers, you’d better get a bigger beach bag!
The Patriot Ledger endorses The Lost Family as powerful exploration of survivor guilt
Dr. Nancy Harris in the Patriot Ledger praised The Lost Family as a powerful portrait of painful PTSD offshoot survivor guilt, calling The Lost Family one of the “...novels that do an exceptionally keen job of bearing witness to the power it has to either propel an individual forward into a meaningful future, or compel them to be mired in their past.” To read the whole review and Dr. Harri’s thoughtful analysis, please click here.
The Lost Family chosen as IndiePick for summer!
Revering indie bookstores as we do, we're especially ecstatic to announce that independent booksellers across America have selected The Lost Family as an Indie Pick: a great read to be featured on the Indie Next List and indie bookstores all over the country. Thank you, indie booksellers!
Introducing The Lost Family Supper Club
We're thrilled--and licking our chops!--to announce that Book Club Cookbook is hosting #TheLostFamilySupperClub on June 3rd! Bloggers will recreate *actual* dishes inspired by The Lost Family's menu and post the results online. To see what deliciousness they come up with, please follow #TheLostFamilySupperClub on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
BookBub chooses The Lost Family as one of the most heartbreaking novels of 2018
May 2018: You've gotta love a novel that makes you cry! At least, we do. BookBub named The Lost Family one of the 14 most poignant, heart-tugging books of Spring/Summer 2018. You can read why & find the whole list here.
Booklist gives The Lost Family its 3rd starred review--and compares it to Elie Wiesel.
April 15, 2018: Booklist gave The Lost Family its third starred review--and compared the novel to Elie Wiesel. There can be no higher honor. Booklist commented, "...gripping...unforgettable...this deeply moving novel brings new meaning to the familiar phrase 'never forget.' " To read the full review, please click here.
Library Journal gives The Lost Family a starred review!
March 2018: We’re having a Sally Field moment on behalf of The Lost Family, which just received its second starred review! This one is from Library Journal, which said, “This exquisitely crafted and compassionate novel offers a lesson in honesty, regardless of how difficult the truth may be.”
The Forward features The Lost Family on its Spring 2018 Must-Read List!
March 2018: We are absolutely kvelling that The Forward recommends The Lost Family as a must-read this spring. To peruse the whole excellent list, please click here.
Kirkus Reviews gives The Lost Family starred review
March 2018: The Lost Family receives a coveted starred review from Kirkus, which calls the novel "...an unsentimental, richly detailed study of loss and its legacy." To read the full review, please click here.
Actress Selma Blair praises The Lost Family
FEBRUARY 2018: We are thrilled that actress Selma Blair is reading and loving The Lost Family, which she called "elegantly written; heartbreaking, and very charming." (Plus she was reading in bed with her dog, Cappie. How much do we love that?) Thank you, Selma!
The Lost Family is a Netherlands bestseller!
FEBRUARY 2018: JOOPIE! The Dutch version of The Lost Family, De Verloren Familie, has been on the Netherlands bestseller list for 12 straight weeks, having been published there in November 2017. Bedankt, Dutch readers, booksellers, and publisher De Boekeriji XXX
Welcome to my new website!
FEBRUARY 2018: THANK YOU for visiting the new Jenna Blum website. We hope you spend happy time here--and wish you good reading always!