Justine Hope Blau

Justine Hope Blau has written screenplays and books, as well as articles for Rolling Stone, CBSNews.com, Vogue and many other publications. She earned an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Paramount Pictures, and the Wallace Foundation/​ Millay Colony for the Arts. She lives on the Upper West Side and is the mother of a son and daughter.

Justine and her mother in 1967

Justine's mother, father and older brother (Leo in the book) in 1949.

The boy on the right is Vic in Scattered. (Al "Butch" Neese in real life). He is younger in this photo than he was when I knew him at PCS. But he was already brash.


Betty Friedan: Feminist
A biography of the author of "The Feminine Mystique" who helped found the National Organization for Women in 1966. Of it, School Library Journal said: "Blau weaves together clear descriptions of the social, political, and economic conditions of the 60s and 70s, a time ripe for changes on all fronts, with the highlights of this brilliant woman's personal and professional life."

Selected Works

Scattered is Justine Blauís account of growing up chronically homeless in í60s 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.