Joni Marie Iraci

About the Author

Joni Marie Iraci

I am a retired Registered Nurse who raised three children before returning to college in my late fifties to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a writer. I earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College before earning an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University at the age of 66.

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Iraci's debut novel

Reinventing Jenna Rose

Reinventing Jenna Rose propels the reader on a fast-paced journey through the life of a young woman who’s determined to realize her self-worth and overcome a childhood broken by multiple traumas. Left alone after her parent’s divorce, Jenna uncovers evidence of a grandmother living in New York City. Without telling a soul she decides to board a plane and travel across country, landing on the Manhattan doorstep of her affluent maternal grandmother. A street-smart New York neighbor girl, a quirky therapist, a white German Shepherd and a story-telling grandmother, join forces to help Jenna overcome the hardships of her past and the shattering family secrets that soon come to light. This sad, funny, quirky novel is infused with humor and literary references while relating a multi-generational family saga and legal thriller in the voice of a courageous young woman.

About Sterling Development

Slave poet comes to life in this fictionalized memoir written in diary format.

ReviewAmericana.com Spring 2018 edition

Joni Marie Iraci

Book Review

KIRKUS REVIEW

In Iraci's debut novel, a Californian teenager tries to escape her traumatic childhood by tracking down her grandmother in New York City. Jenna Rose's mother, Meghan, leaves her 17-year-old daughter home alone while she's away on business. This certainly isn't an uncommon occurrence, so the teenager is unconcerned—until she learns that her estranged father, Alan, whom Meghan divorced four months earlier, will be stopping by during Meghan's absence. Jenna doesn't want to see him, so she concocts a plan that will allow her to avoid him: She'll visit her maternal grandmother, Katherine O'Connor, whose existence Jenna only recently discovered; Meghan had previously told her that all of her other relatives were dead.

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