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No one was less likely to take her own life.’
That’s what her Oxford thesis advisor wrote. From the moment I stumbled across the obituary, late at night when I couldn’t sleep, I was captivated, and it wasn’t the terrible details of her death: That she leapt from the balcony of a high rise in Century City. That she was 27, and a newlywed.”
So begins Jessica Teich’s quest to unravel a mystery: the suicide of someone she never met.
Bright and accomplished, with a loving family, Jessica knows she should be happy. But a violent childhood has left its mark. Jessica fears she will never be free of her pastuntil she discovers the obituary of a young woman, whose life is a ghostly echo of her own.
Can Jessica discover what drove this brilliant young woman to kill herself? And will discovering the truth save Jessica from the fissures tearing apart her own life?
A deeply intimate psychological memoir, The Future Tense of Joy is the luminous account of one woman’s efforts to free herself, and her family, from the demons of the past. Witty, brave and suspenseful, the book has been hailed by Meryl Streep as beautiful, compassionately imagined.” Steve Martin called it a daring and intimate journey into the soul of motherhood.”
Jessica Teich graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received an M.Phil from Oxford, where she was among the first female Rhodes Scholars. Her first book, Trees Make The Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child In A Complex World (St. Martin’s Press, 2001) is now in its 20th printing and was featured in Vanity Fair, People, Us, The Chicago Tribune and on the Today Show.
For almost a decade, Jessica served as literary manager of the Mark Taper Forum, commissioning and developing plays. She subsequently received a grant to write and direct a movie for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute. Jessica served as head of the biography committee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and dog.