Page, Jean Reynolds

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PAGE, Jean Reynolds

PERSONAL: Born in NC; married; children: three.

ADDRESSES: Home—Seattle, WA. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Ballantine Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

CAREER: Former art publicist in New York, NY; freelance writer.


A Blessed Event, Ballantine Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Accidental Happiness, Ballantine Books (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor of articles on dance to various periodicals.

SIDELIGHTS: Jean Reynolds Page's first novel, A Blessed Event, focuses on Joanne and Darla, best friends since childhood. The two women find their friendship in jeopardy, however, after Joanne offers to act as a surrogate for Darla, who has been unable to conceive. The situation puts a strain on everyone, and things only worsen when Joanne inexplicably drives her car right into Darla's bedroom. While Joanne ends up brain dead, the baby survives, leading to a heated custody battle. Kaite Mediatore, in a review for Booklist, remarked on Page's "tight plotting, sympathetic characters, and intriguing moral issues." A contributor to Kirkus Reviews called the book a "solid if melodramatic first outing."

In Accidental Happiness Page tells of two women who find themselves thrown together when the man they both love, Benjamin Melrose, dies suddenly in a car accident. Gina, Benjamin's widow, accidentally shoots Angel, Ben's daughter from a previous marriage, when she mistakes her for a prowler. Soon both Angel and her mother have moved in with Gina, making for a bizarre period of mourning. Harriet Klausner, reviewing for MBR Bookwatch, called the book "an intriguing extended family drama," while a contributor to Publishers Weekly wrote that "Page steps easily into the shoes of her appealingly flawed characters as she weaves a convincing spell."



Booklist, February 1, 2004, Kaite Madiatore, review of A Blessed Event, p. 951; January 1, 2005, Patty Engelmann, review of Accidental Happiness, p. 822.

Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2003, review of A Blessed Event, p. 1378.

MBR Bookwatch, January, 2005, Harriet Klausner, review of Accidental Happiness.

Publishers Weekly, December 20, 2004, review of Accidental Happiness, p. 36.

ONLINE, (April 16, 2005), "Jean Reynolds Page."