Jennifer Sullivan

Jennifer Sullivan(Buchwald-Baerwald) is Professor of Physiology Emeritus and former Associate Director, Brain Research Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. Her neuroscience research has been published in Science, Nature, Brain Research, Neuroscience Research and in numerous other scientific journals and in books such as Neural Mechanisms Controlling Cognitive Function, The Child With Central Nervous System Deficiency, Efferent Organization and the Integration of Behavior.

Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas and, as a graduate student at Tulane University, spent five years in New Orleans and environs.This period, just before the blossoming  ...See more >


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"Sullivan's debut novel steeps the reader in steamy New Orleans in the summer of 1953, a time when segregation was a fixed reality. . . . Sharply sketched and vividly told, this tale of two contrasting couples serves as a backdrop for a rich exploration of race, loyalty and fear. . . . The novel is exciting and well-paced, portraying not only a complex tale of conflicts in marriage, but the very real dangers in trying to enact change in a resistant society. . . . An evocative, candid period piece that examines racism in the Big Easy."

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ISBN: 978-1492822226
Page count: 374pp

Sullivan’s debut novel steeps the reader in steamy New Orleans in the summer of 1953, a time when segregation was a fixed reality.

The racism of residents is apparent when Judith and Bart, a young white couple, move into town. Educated, ambitious and broad-minded, the two moved from Iowa, where the weather and the views on diversity were very different. They’re shocked to discover the entrenched racism and despair to see the effects it has on African-Americans; they decide to take action. Judith begins to teach her black neighbors how to read; this raises the hackles of Ursula Christian, an old-fashioned Southern white woman who is set in her ways and wants to maintain the balance of power. Ursula’s husband, Fletcher, however, believes the local university should open its doors to African-Americans, a cause that upsets Ursula who has “[n]ever, never in her life…sat with a Negra.” Fletcher enlists Judith’s assistance in his fight to bring equality to New Orleans, driving Ursula to sabotage Judith’s marriage, as well as her plans to help the black community. Fletcher’s and Ursula’s contrasting views and conflicting interests affect Judith and Bart, who soon finds themselves pitted against each other. Before long, Judith’s efforts toward community activism implode as those resistant to change fight back with vengeance. Sharply sketched and vividly told, this tale of two contrasting couples serves as a backdrop for a rich exploration of race, loyalty and fear. Ursula symbolizes racist views and all of its concomitant elements, while Judith highlights the need for change and bravery. New Orleans serves as its own 3-D character as well as a fitting backdrop for Judith and Fletcher’s impassioned fight for civil rights. The novel is exciting and well-paced, portraying not only a complex tale of conflicts in marriage, but the very real dangers in trying to enact change in a resistant society.

An evocative, candid period piece that examines racism in the Big Easy.

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AFTERTHOUGHTS
Short Stories

This collection of 12 short stories considers the human condition across diverse dimensions: aging into dementia, love deferred, desire fulfilled, friendship found, graduation to a new life, a reach for fame, consequences of disaster, generational loyalty.

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UNCORKED
Anthology of prose and poetry

Sullivan's three short stories include, "Anniversary Song": a new life opens to a prestigious professor and his wife after he spend a night in jail and a restraining order prevents him from going home; "Sugar Tits": a woman must choose between the children she loves and the man who wants to marry her; "Sounds of A Summer Night": a woman's scientific failure and her husband's success become enshrined in a large moth collection.

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ISBN: 9781466211827
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