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Teresa Janssen, The Ways of Water

Teresa Janssen, The Ways of Water



January 28
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Village Books and Paper Dreams
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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About the book

This finely crafted coming-of-age novel takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with a young woman whose life is shaken by world events. Set in the early twentieth-century Southwest, where water means everything, The Ways of Water is a poignant and heart-warming testament to the meaning of family and the strength of the human spirit.

“In the vein of William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land, Teresa H. Janssen seamlessly transports readers into an expertly crafted yesteryear of her grandmother, Josie Belle Gore. As the rivers, creeks, and streams flow throughout this land, so too, does Janssen’s narrative, recreating the remote, untamed beauty of a region, and the harsh and oftentimes difficult way of life long-past. Janssen honors her grandmother with this exceptional account of the triumph and bravery of a singular young girl who grows into a woman as she makes her own way in the American Southwest.” —Donna Everheart, author of The Saints of Swallow Hill

About the author

Born on the banks of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state and raised on the shores of Puget Sound, Teresa Janssen has worked in a drapery factory, on the dock for a steamship company, in many a restaurant, and has lived on four continents, where she’s received much inspiration for her writing.

Teresa studied history and French at Gonzaga University and received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Washington. A language and social studies teacher for over twenty years, she’s taught in refugee camps and programs, higher ed, and public high school. She lives with her husband in Port Townsend, WA, where she raised four kids (the human kind), alongside horses, chickens, rabbits, cats and dogs. Teresa now writes, hikes, tends a small orchard, and is involved in several educational initiatives.


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