J.J. Gesher’s Debut Release
Over the last couple of weeks, Joyce Gittlin and Janet Fattal have faced large and enthusiastic crowds to celebrate the publication of their debut novel, A Narrow Bridge. Released under their collaborative pen name J.J. Gesher, this stunning, engrossing novel explores loss, connection, family, religious traditions, and resilience.
Joyce, a television writer and director, and Janet, a college literature teacher, began collaborating on screenplays several years ago, and their work has earned the Geller Prize and the Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriting Award. Joyce has also also written screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Paramount; her TV credits include Wings, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Frasier. Along with teaching literature and writing, Janet leads book clubs for the Skirball Cultural Center, Hadassah, and Brandeis University.
Lauded as a captivating examination of the inevitable sorrow and unexpected healing that follows a profound loss, A Narrow Bridge debuted to a packed house at Chevalier’s Books, which included a stunning performance of three gospel-tinged songs by a trio (video coming soon). Next came a brunch for 80 book lovers in Palo Alto, featuring both authors in conversation with moderator Adean Golub.
Meet the Authors!
Coming up this week on Thursday, March 2nd, Joyce and Janet will be in conversation with This Side of Providence author Rachel Harper and Prospect Park Books publisher Colleen Bates at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Canada. The authors will also be at this Friday’s Bagels and Books with Hadassah Southern California and later this month at Valley Beth Shalom’s Shabbat Lunch and Learn in Encino. In May, they’ll be speaking to a large crowd at the American Association of University Women author luncheon in Torrance.
In the videos below from the Chevalier’s launch, Joyce and Janet give readers a taste of the novel:
“Blazingly original and fiercely smart, A Narrow Bridge shows that who we love is really who we are.”
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times–bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World and Pictures of You
“I couldn’t put this book down, beginning by being drawn in by one of the most compelling first lines I have ever read. This multicultural debut is about two very different people, from very diverse circumstances and backgrounds….Ultimately, this is a beautiful examination of human connection and finding a reason to live again after all hope is gone.”
— Terry Gilman, owner of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego
“This highly readable title, right down to the very last sentence, is a natural pick for book clubs—a strong debut.”
— Maureen Palacios, owner of Once Upon a Time and past president of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
“A moving story about the intersection between love and loss and an unsentimental exploration of the role of faith in healing. I held my breath until the very last word of this cinematic, compassionate, and compelling debut.”
— Michelle Brafman, author of Bertrand Court and Washing the Dead
Thursday, March 2, 7 pm-8:30 pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge
Saturday, March 18, 12:30 pm
Valley Beth Shalom Shabbat Lunch and Learn
15730 Ventura Blvd., Encino
Saturday, May 20, 11 am
AAUW Annual Author Luncheon
DoubleTree Torrance, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance