Justine Hope Blau

Speaking to the Lehman College City and Humanities Program, October 2016.
[Photo: Asher Klein]

So honored to teach these eloquent Lehman College Memoir Workshop writers.

"Reading Justine Blau's memoir Scattered is among the pleasures I count from 2017."
~ Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements

"Deeply compelling; Blau brings us Scattered with brave, full-hearted prose. She writes with a complexity and compassion that’s both refreshing and original. I’m moved by her story...after reading her work I see the world in a different way."
~ Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

"Here with vagrant undertones of Holden Caulfield and Eloise on welfare is the mundane terror of a family in disorder, and the mystery of personality and of survival, set within the quietly haunted urban landscape of a now distant New York, the Manhattan of the late 1960’s. It is an accomplished and compelling piece of work, and one that deserves a wide readership.”
~Documentary filmmaker Ric Burns

“Time to read a real book. You choose Justine Blau's new memoir of her tumultuous childhood and difficult mother, Scattered….You are transfixed. It is lovely.”
~ Nicole Cliffe, TheHairpin.com

"Scattered is wonderful--moving, funny, sad and hopeful."
--Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice

Selected Works

Scattered is Justine Blau’s account of growing up chronically homeless in ’60s era Manhattan with her delusional mother and her two older brothers. She finds unlikely salvation through relationships she builds in the tumult of a Westchester group home for children.