Justine Hope Blau

Thank you to the students and faculty of Lehman College's City and Humanities Program.

[photo: Asher Klein]

“Scattered is a superbly crafted narrative -- gripping, unsettling, and inspiring….an example of one who turned childhood adversity into a source of stamina and professional achievement. Compelling reading for all those interested in family narratives.”
--Prof. Hope Leichter, Teachers College, Columbia University

“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.