Jennifer Bort Yacovissi

Jennifer Bort Yacovissi (Fiction) | Crownsville, MD

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Jennifer Bort Yacovissi’s debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, tells the story of four generations of a family in Washington, D.C. from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Jenny is a member of PEN/America and the National Book Critics’ Circle, and writes a monthly column and reviews regularly for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She is serving as chair of the 2017 and 2018 Washington Writers Conference, and is president of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association.


Up the Hill to Home (Apprentice House Press, 2015). Novel. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“An emotionally powerful, gorgeously imparted family saga.”
Foreword Reviews Magazine, “Welcome to the Big Time: Highly Touted Authors Make the Most of Their Debuts,” Summer 2015; 2015 INDIEFAB Gold Winner for Historical Fiction

“A masterpiece in the genre of historical fiction. . . Up the Hill to Home is a treasure, and one to which you should definitely treat yourself.”
Readers’ Favorite five-star review; 2015 Gold Medal Winner in Historical Fiction

“Complex characters . . . take up residence in your imagination, fully formed and breathing.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

“The author creates believable characters . . . with convincing details of 19th- and early-20th-century city life . . . a good book.”
Kirkus Reviews

Up the Hill to Home is a novel of complex relationships and complicated people . . .”
Historical Novels Review

“Beautifully and lovingly written . . . pure enjoyment”
Romance Reviews Today, Perfect 10 Review

“. . . nothing short of remarkable.”
Curled Up with a Good Book

“ . . . quietly compelling family drama . . . this is the book you will carry around with you.”
—Rafael Alvarez, author, Tales from the Holy Land

“ . . . a strong, serene, uplifting debut novel [from] a gifted writer with a firm grasp of American history, a fine way of turning a phrase, and a crisp sense of humor.”
—Bryan Crockett, Ph.D., author, Love’s Alchemy: A John Donne Mystery

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