Author Profile: Jessie Greengrass

Author Profile: Jessie Greengrass is a British author.

Name: Jessie Greengrass

Timeline: 2015 – ‘An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It’

2016 – Edge Hill Short Story Prize an

d the Somerset Maugham Award.

2018 – ‘Sight’

Background: Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982 is 38 years old. Jessie Greengrass is a British author. She completed her education in Philosophy from Cambridge and London.  She sang in the chapel choir when she was in University and did a lot of English choral music, the mood of which inspired her thoughts greatly. Presently she lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Jessie Greengrass is now working on a novel. She has two young children. She began writing ‘Sight’ after her daughter was born. Jessie Greengrass found inspiration in the little bits of interesting medical history she had with her which she felt was worth writing about.

Genre: Short unusual stories and fiction

Literary Contributions: The book ‘Sight’ is about an agonized narrator who is finding it tough to decide whether she should commit to parenthood.  She does not have any good memories about her childhood days, especially traumatic days following her mother’s death. It is about a woman who is pregnant with her second child and who does not have any name all throughout the novel. The narrator also recollects days she spent with her analyst grandmother as a child. ‘Sight’ is a stunning debut novel written by Jessie Greengrass about bodies and minds, about, parenthood, pregnancy and knowing more about ourselves, our bodies and others. The novel has been shortlisted for the 2019 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and longlisted for the 209 Wellcome Book Prize.

Unique Stylistic Features: Jessie Greengrass has used digressive and thoughtful style in her novel ‘Sight’ swirling together both personal and historical besides pursuing elegant prose and intellect. Her novel ‘Sight’ offers distinct lyrical and philosophical pleasures of its own.

Jessie Greengrass uses wonderful imagery and ideas while writing which inevitably ends up in something real but can be less perfect. ‘Sight’ is a short book which does not provide answers but questions and avenues of thought for the reader. Jessie Greengrass has made an effort to offer a way of thinking to the readers.

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