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A decade after twelve-year-old Jessica Barraco loses her mother, Dianne, to cancer complications, she finds herself curious about Dianne’s mysterious youth. Armed with a journalism degree, Jessica sets out on a quest to find two of Dianne’s former lovers, an old ballroom dance partner and a Vietnam war hero, along with anyone else who can tell her about Dianne. The Butterfly Groove features Jessica’s journalistic approach complemented by reimagined portions of Dianne’s life. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story across decades, this memoir is a heartwarming exploration of how our pasts tell our truths, and how love survives us all.

The Butterfly GroveJournalist by heart, marketing professional by day, and writer by moonlight, The Butterfly Groove: A Mother’s Mystery, A Daughter’s Journey is Jessica’s first book. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jessica published her first newspaper article at 19-years-old. Writing for Elite Daily, 944 magazine and The Denver Post, Jessica spent three years working at HarperCollins Publishers across all of its imprints, working on both nonfiction and fiction books. Her writing idol, Nora Ephron, once spoke words that she lives by, “Be the heroine in your life, not the victim.” A member of the Communications Committee of Girls Write Now, a NYC mentorship non-profit, and Southern California native, Jessica lives in New York City.

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