Jump: A Memoir About Skating and Survival
For every athlete who wins the gold, there are dozens left behind. In Jump, Laura Zera takes on the exacting world of competitive figure skating, with her psychosis-stricken mother as her manager. Pushed to win and punished if she doesn’t, Zera ascends to the Canadian Nationals before she’s forced to flee her home at age 15 and find her own way. Jump is the story of not beating the odds on the ice, told through one athlete’s turbulent reckoning with her dreams and identity, her own mental illness, and, decades later, the mother she left.
- Genre: Memoir
- Status: Completed manuscript available for acquisition
A young American photojournalist named Nicola moves to South Africa in 1994 to cover the country’s first democratic elections. As an intern at a black-owned newspaper, she’s paired with Tumi, a local reporter who teaches her survival skills for the field. Nicola soon witnesses the complexities that threaten South Africa’s racial reconciliation, all while keeping secret from her peers the truth about her white supremacist family. As she participates in one of the twentieth century’s most hyped events, Nicola is forced to interrogate her reasons for being there, including the tragedy that triggered her flight from home and her family’s role in it.
- Genre: Fiction
- Status: Manuscript in work