A powerful, extremely moving tale about motherhood, the choices we make, and the impact we can have on one another. Highly recommended.
— Robin Nesbin,
Hegland takes the reader upon the month-by-month journey traveled by every mother-to-be … [her] rich prose style makes it all a joy to read.
By rights this tale of the complete collapse of society and technology should be a depressing story, but the author has turned it onto a triumph.
Dorset Evening Echo
A moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn’t, about what can be repaired and what can’t. This is a tale focused and personal, but also large and philosophical.
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Welcome to the official website for Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest, Windfalls, The Life Within, and Still Time.
Jean’s latest novel, Still Time, is about a Shakespeare scholar’s attempts to come to terms with his life and reconcile with his estranged daughter as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. An intellectual and emotional tour de force that confronts—and transcends—our fears of aging and memory loss, Still Time has received enthusiastic acclaim from Shakespeare scholars as well as from readers who are indifferent (or even allergic) to Shakespeare.
Into the Forest, the story of two sisters struggling to survive after the collapse of technological society, has been translated into over a dozen languages since it was first published in 1997. The French translation, which was released in January, 2017, has become a French best-seller.
Into the Forest has also been adapted to the big screen. Directed by Patricia Rozema, the film stars Ellen Page (who also serves as co-producer) and Evan Rachel Wood. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2015, and is now available on a number of online and on-demand video services.
Jean enjoys presenting at writers conferences and workshops; check the events page or look below for information on upcoming events.
A native of Washington state, Jean lives in northern California on 55 acres of second-growth forest. She has taught creative and literature for many years, both in California and abroad. She is always at work on another book.
Join us for an evening with Sonoma County’s own Jean Hegland. Jean’s most recent novel, Still Time, is about a Shakespeare scholar’s attempts to come to terms with his life and reconcile with his estranged daughter as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Booklist described it as “Heartbreaking in the best possible way.” Her first novel, Into the Forest, has been translated into over a dozen languages, was adapted into a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and has recently become a best seller in France. The event will be followed by wine, cheese and conversation in the lobby.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. Four Mondays: (THE WALKING - Laleh Khadivi), Jan 29; (KING OF CUBA - Cristina García), Feb 26; (STILL TIME- Jean Hegland), Mar. 26; (SWALLOWING MERCURY - Wioletta Greg and SUCH SMALL HANDS - Andres Barba), April
Book Passage Corte Madera
There are only a few personal qualities and life circumstances that writers need to achieve their writing dreams. Jean will discuss some of the ways we can fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work.
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