ABOUT J.H. DIEHL

  • J.H. Diehl’s debut middle grade novel, TINY INFINITIES, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year. Her other books include LOON CHASE and THREE LITTLE BEAVERS (both Arbordale). Diehl has degrees from Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where her work received a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Montgomery College, and in high schools and elementary schools. Her short fiction for older audiences, published in Indiana Review, Enhanced Gravity, and other journals and anthologies, received a Maryland Individual Artist Award. An early version of TINY INFINITIES was a finalist for an SCBWI Grant for a Contemporary Novel.

    Jean Heilprin Diehl was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the nearby suburbs, the setting for some of her fiction. She started her career as a reporter for the Concord Monitor, and later spent a memorable decade living and working in Buenos Aires, Warsaw, and Jerusalem with her journalist husband. They have two children and live in Maryland.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  •    “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” – Lewis Carroll
      
       “A story is not like a road to follow…it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.” – Alice Munro

      

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