Sunday, March 13, 2016
A DROP IN THE OCEAN by Jenni Ogden
A DROP IN THE OCEAN
This May, She Writes Press releases A DROP IN THE OCEAN, a first novel by acclaimed neuropsychologist and nonfiction writer Jenni Ogden.
In the novel, Anna Fergusson runs a lab researching Huntington’s disease at a prestigious Boston university. When her long-standing grant is pulled unexpectedly, Anna finally faces the truth: she’s 49, virtually friendless, single, and worse, her research has been sub-par for years. With no jobs readily available, Anna takes a leap and agrees to spend a year monitoring a remote campsite on Turtle Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. What could be better for an introvert with shattered self-esteem than a quiet year in paradise? As she settles in, Anna opens her heart for the first time in decades—to new challenges, to new friendships, even to a new love with Tom, the charming,
younger turtle tagger she sometimes assists. But opening one’s heart leaves one vulnerable, and Anna comes to realize that love is as fragile as happiness, and that both are a choice.
A DROP IN THE OCEAN is a deeply moving novel about second chances and last hopes, about loving and letting go, and about the power in self-discovery.
RE: A DROP IN THE OCEAN
By Jenni Ogden
Publication date: May 3, 2016
She Writes Press
ISBN (13) 978-1-63152-026-6; $16.95 U.S.; 5 ½ x 8 ½; Paperback; 297 pages; Fiction/First Novel
About the author:
Jenni Ogden grew up in a country town in the South Island of New Zealand, in a home bursting with books and music. Armed with NZ and Australian university degrees in zoology and psychology, she took up a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked with H.M., the most famous amnesiac in history, before returning to an academic position at Auckland University. There, she immersed herself in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, as well as traveling extensively and writing about her patients’ moving stories in two books, Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology and Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook. Jenni has had a love affair with the Great Barrier Reef since her twenties, when she spent summers on a coral cay rather like Turtle Island, tagging sea turtles. Ogden and her husband now live off-grid on a spectacular island off the coast of NZ, with winters spent traveling and at their second home in tropical Far North Queensland. When she is not writing or traveling, Jenni can be found on the beach—always with a book—or spending time with her family.
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