Deborah J. Nedelman
author, workshop leader, manuscript coach, lover of forests
Welcome to my virtual home. I am so happy you are here.
I’m a collector of peoples’ stories and a creator of tales. I believe in the power of literature to open our eyes to the deeper truth of what it means to be human. None of us can, or would want to, live through the tragedies, pains, or mistakes of other people, but by reading the stories of folks whose lives are different from ours, whether memoir or fiction, we broaden our capacity for empathy and expand the embrace of our compassion. One of the things I take for truth is that more empathy and greater compassion will make the world a better place for all of us.
In addition to writing, I love to teach and to coach other writers. I am an Amherst Writers and Artists’ affiliate, and I believe passionately that we all have stories in us that need to be told. The writing workshops I lead are designed to be safe and supportive spaces where you can take risks, find your voice, and tell the stories only you can tell. I hope you will join me.
What We Take for Truth
"An impressive environmental tale with an engaging heroine from a talented new novelist" Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
It is 1991 and Parrot Tillman, who has lived all her life in the tiny logging town of Prosperity, Washington, has just graduated from high school and is facing a very uncertain future. The spotted owl controversy is about to destroy her world before she has a chance to learn who she is and what it means to be a part of this community.
This story is about evergreen forests and long-buried secrets; it is about abandonment and betrayal; and ultimately it is about discovering the truths that matter most.
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