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Author Jennifer Acker Chronicles A Family's Journey From Kenya To The US — And Her Own Journey With Illness

Friday 29 November 2019


From US newspaper the Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot:


Jennifer Acker and Kathy Hourigan
At her April book launch event, Jennifer Acker
signs her debut novel, “The Limits of the World,”
for Kathy Hourigan, the managing editor of
Knopf and Acker’s boss when she
worked at the publishing house.
(Courtesy of Jennifer Acker

Author Jennifer Acker chronicles a family’s journey from Kenya to the U.S. — and her own journey with illness

By Ada Tseng
November 27, 2019
Copyright © 2019, Los Angeles Times.

When I met Jennifer Acker 10 years ago when we were both graduate students at the Bennington Writing Seminars, she had two big dreams.

She was working on a novel loosely inspired by her husband, an Indian American philosophy professor, and their extended family of Indian immigrants from Kenya. She wanted to start her own literary journal, the Common, which would publish stories about “a modern sense of place.”

Earlier this year, the Common earned a Whiting Literary Magazine prize for its work attracting “a new generation of readers and thinkers.”

Her debut novel, “The Limits of the World,” about four generations of the Chandaria family and their migration from Kenya to the U.S., came out in April.

And in October, Amazon Original Stories published her non-fiction eBook “Fatigue,” which details her journey with an illness that forced her to slow down along the way.


The process of finishing and publishing a book is often a long one, but halfway Acker started feeling the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.


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