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"One of the most important things I will take from the memoir class was when my professor told us if it happened to you then it's your story to tell."

Writers in my Lehman College Memoir Workshop, Fall 2019.


"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,

Scattered is available at Book Culture in Manhattan on 112th St b/w B'Way & Amsterday: at the Columbia University Bookstore; and on as a paperback and a Kindle e-book.

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