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ISBN-13: 9781484980675
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/17/2014
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jean Ayer was educated at Barnard College and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She was a translator of Portuguese and French for MacMillan, Abrams, Pocket Books, and Penguin; a cartoonist for Esquire; and fashion illustrator for major New York newspapers as well as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Mademoiselle, Town & Country, and the New Yorker.
She married and moved to Maine, where she transcribed her mother's stories of her childhood in West Virginia at the dawn of the twentieth century. These were later published, reworked as fiction, as Tales of Chinkapin Creek and Tales of Chinkapin Creek, Volume II, available from Amazon.com. Work on these stories inspired her to continue writing, which she pursued vigorously after her divorce. She then studied creative writing at the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and attained an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
She wrote short stories of fiction based on the progression of her former husband's alcoholism and its crippling effects on their family. Some of these stories have appeared in a number of literary reviews. The stories inspired more work on the seemingly inscrutable mystery of how her family fell apart. Her understanding of the dysfunction of an alcoholic's family was informed by her participation in Al-anon and related programs. This supported her efforts to puzzle out, through writing, the reasons for the chain of events that led to her children's troubles and her divorce.
Dead Drunk is the surprising result of her quest. Fiction allowed her to weave the elements together into an intriguing mystery, in a way that finally made sense.

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