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Jenny McPhee is the author of the novels A Man of No Moon, No Ordinary Matter and The Center of Things. She is the coauthor with her sisters Martha and Laura of Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. She translated, from the Italian, Paolo Maurensig’s Canone Inverso and Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II. She is currently translating Natural Histories and A Flaw of Form by Primo Levi for W.W. Norton, and is contributing to the translation of Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Bookforum; Brooklyn Review; Cottonwood; Descant; Glamour; Glimmer Train; Harper’s Bazaar; New York Newsday; The New York Times Book Review; The New York Times Magazine; Onthebus; Real Simple; Santa Monica Review; Self; Southwest Review; The Trenton Times; and Zoetrope.
Jenny grew up in Princeton, N.J. where she attended Princeton High School. She got her B.A. from Williams College. She won a St. Andrew’s Society Postgraduate Fellowship to study Scottish Literature and Gaelic for a year at the University of Edinburgh. She did two years of graduate study at the University of Paris VII Jussieu in semiotics with Julia Kristeva. She worked in the editorial department of Alfred A. Knopf for six years. She is associated with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University and is on the board of The Bronx Academy of Letters.
She co-founded The Upper Wimpole Street Literary Salon in London, and is the feminism columnist for the on-line magazine Bookslut.