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Beverly Jensen (1953-2003) was an American short story writer whose stories have appeared posthumously in the country's leading literary journals, have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, and will appear in the novel-in-stories, The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, to be published by Viking Press in June 2010..

Jensen wrote her stories based on the lives of her mother, Idella, and aunt, Avis, between 1986 and 2003. After hear death from pancreatic cancer, her husband Jay Silverman and teacher Jennifer Levin (author of Water Dancer) worked to publish the stories. The first, "Wake," appeared in New England Review and was subsequently chosen by Steven King for The Best American Short Stories 2007. The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay has received advance praise by Elizabeth Strout and Richard Russo.


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