Biographical Information:

Dates: 1947-
Dates in Ridgefield: 1983-

novelist, short story writer, educator, suspense, mystery writer

Ridgefield has been home to many novelists, but few have gotten to watch their work on television. Jessica Auerbach’s suspenseful tale, Sleep, Baby, Sleep, published in 1994, became an ABC-TV movie in 1995. A New Jersey native and Vassar graduate, Ms. Auerbach has taught high school and at Wesleyan University. In Ridgefield, she has served on the Conservation Commission and is a board member of ABC (A Better Chance). The 1983 publication of her first novel, Winter Wife, had some subtle Ridgefield connections, as does her 1996 novel, Catch Your Breath. A 1985 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Ms. Auerbach also wrote Painting on Glass (1988), which has been especially popular in France, where it has sold ten times as many copies as here. "And I don’t even speak French," she said. Ms. Auerbach has often called upon her husband, Josh, and daughters Sarah and Eliza for their opinions. "If I get into a situation where I don’t know if something is consistent with what I’ve done up to that point, I’ll brainstorm with my family," she said. "It forces me to make sure the motivational foundation is laid."

Titles (partial):

Winter Wife, 1983
Painting on Glass, 1988
Sleep, Baby, Sleep, 1994
Catch Your Breath, 1996
Writing in Chocolate: A Memoir, 2005
--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders - Jack Sanders; www.jessicaauerback.com

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