Jean Chen Ho

Friendship is often the backdrop of story, but rarely is it centered. In this week’s episode Grant and Brooke name some of their favorite books where friendship is centerstage, as is the case with guest Jean Chen Ho’s new novel, Fiona and Jane. Friendship, like love affairs, offer such rich territory to explore interpersonal dynamics, how friends show up (and don’t) in our lives over time, and how we invariably feel mixed emotions toward our friends. An important episode for considering the rendering of friendships on the page—centerstage or not.


Jean Chen Ho is the author of the new novel Fiona and Jane. She’s also a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. Her writing has been published in Guernica, The Rumpus, The Offing, Apogee, McSweeney’s, VIDA, NPR, and elsewhere. Jean has received scholarships from Kundiman, the Tin House Workshop, Napa Valley Writers Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Bread Loaf. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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