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About the Author

Since graduating Evergreen College (Olympia, Washington) with a BA in Creative Writing, and then from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Master’s in Hispanic Literatures, Jenny Jaeckel has written many short stories and illustrated her own stories. But Jaeckel’s first full-length book was a graphic novel about her experience with her baby in the NICU for over five months. She worked through the stress of that time by getting it all out on paper. Her effort won her the Canadian Xeric grant in 2008 (published in the States in 2016, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU). At that point, Jaeckel began to pen two more graphic novels (Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob 2014, and Odd Pieces, forthcoming). She also began to compile some of her short stories into a collection, and these were released in 2016 under the title For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories; they are eclectic stories from vastly different parts of the world and different times.

Two of the stories from her collection wouldn’t let Jaeckel rest. They felt unfinished. Jaeckel had to explore these stories more thoroughly. Eventually, though the two stories took place almost 200 years apart, she realized they were related to each other. Exploring this relationship led to five more generations of the Rougeaux family unveiling themselves, and the original stories shifting, until the the whole family epic came together in about 80,000 words. This was the birth of the debut novel House of Rougeaux.

Jaeckel and her publisher at Raincloud Press worked tirelessly with the gifted editor, Neesa Sonoquie (formerly of McSweeney’s), and a diverse group of beta readers to attune House of Rougeaux, in a perfect balance of the magical and the frighteningly real.

Author Bio

Jenny Jaeckel’s previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories, Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob, and the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Originally from California, Jenny Jaeckel lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and child. Find out more about Jenny Jaeckel at www.jennyjaeckel.com.

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Cover Reveal

Announcing the launch of House of Rougeaux, a debut novel from Jenny Jaeckel: to be published in April 2018. This seven-part family epic begins on the Island of Martinique and follows the descendants of African slaves as they survive, emigrate and flourish over a 200-year period. Replete with magical elements, this inspiring tale masterfully explores gender, race, sexuality, trauma and healing.

See the author’s own original ink illustrations on our instagram campaign (not included in the book) and follow Jaeckel’s musings on her blog: www.jennyjaeckel.com.

Stay tuned for more about our book launch! Preorder now online!

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Launching House of Rougeaux

House of Rougeaux (pronounced Rouge-o) is a historical novel beginning in the Antilles Island of Martinique starting in the 1700s. It follows two slave children as they fight for survival and then their descendants as they immigrate to Canada and eventually to civil-rights-era United States. Don’t miss this literary family saga coming out in April 2018. To pre-order this title click here, call this number (800-888-4741), or see our page dedicated to House of Rougeaux for more options. This is Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel, and it’s a keeper.

House of Rougeaux has it’s own dedicated media page! Please click here for the newest and most up-to-date information about our full-length lead title.  Advance copies will be available for review by the end of September, and we start a giveaway on Goodreads for copies on August 18th, 2017. We will be giving away 5 copies of House of Rougeaux through Goodreads about once a month up until the publication date, so you can check on its Goodreads page for the current giveaway.

 

House of Rougeaux

Hardcover, 6×9

ISBN 978-1-941203-24-8

also to be available as an ebook and audiobook

310 pages

$26.95

Publication April 24th,  2018

Literary Historical Fiction

 

Description

 

For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that carries them through.

At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owner’s daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddler’s apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free.

In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.

In her debut novel, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing. A relevant work of love, determination, and the many small achievements that make up greatness, House of Rougeaux draws a new map of what it means to be family.