Interview with Jessica Teich, author of The Future Tense of Joy. An 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. The book deftly chronicles the daily consolations of marriage and motherhood, even as it exposes the treachery of silence to honor the healing power of love. Paula Bryant-Ellis interviews.
Jessica Teich graduated summa cum laude from Yale and received an M.Phil degree from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Her previous book, Trees Make The Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child In A Complex World, appeared in Vanity Fair, People, Us, and The Chicago Tribune, and was featured on the Today show. For almost a decade, Teich worked as a literary manager at 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. Teich 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.