Craven, from Meadville, will publish a new novel in August | New

Local author Jen Craven’s new novel, ‘The Best Years of Your Life’, is due out August 29.

After two previous historical fiction novels, this will be her first work of contemporary women’s fiction.

The book, set on a fictional college campus, follows two mothers and their daughter as each harbors secrets and makes questionable choices in the name of love and identity. Told from multiple points of view, their stories culminate in a catastrophe no one saw coming. At its core, it’s a novel about twisted motivations and the tensions between lust and loyalty that’s both unpredictable but also deeply human.

Craven, a Meadville native and 2004 Meadville-area high school graduate, began her writing journey a decade ago with personal essays, including articles in national outlets like the Washington Post, Huffington Post , Today’s Parent and more. In 2019, she turned to fiction, turning her love for storytelling into books. As an independent author and publisher, Craven’s titles can be found online and at a variety of local booksellers, including Tattered Corners New & Used Bookstore in Meadville.

“The Best Years of Your Life” is currently available for pre-order in paperback and e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Books, and Apple Books. Book signings will be announced when the novel is released.

Irene B. Bowles