Jane Hertenstien

Jane Hertenstien quit her editing job five years ago to work on her craft, and is currently live-in staff at a community homeless shelter in return for room and board. Jane rises at 4:30 a.m. to cook breakfast for about 300 people, and then spends from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. writing novel; Jane is also involved in leading a creative writing workshop for a group of women at the shelter. Jane’s books have been widely reviewed, with a non-fiction project, Orphan Girl, featured in a center page spread in the Chicago Tribune Sunday book section. Jane also attend the … Continue reading Jane Hertenstien

Bitter Fruit

by Jane Hertenstein all of us in life have eaten bitter fruit Last summer I worked at a fruit stall at a Chicago green market located at State and Division. I started at the bottom of the ladder, assistant to the assistant peach purveyor; Katie knew her fruit. She always let me know when I was doing something wrong. In terms better suited for the job than myself, I was green. The Russian ladies shopped for Old Golds, a variety of apples good for cooking. “It reminds them of home,” Paul often repeated. My boss Paul never liked how I … Continue reading Bitter Fruit