Jennifer Ferrari-Adler

Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a long time agent at Union Literary. Her recent fiction sales include You Know You Want This, Cat Person and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian, Let Us Not Ask For Gold, a debut novel by Susie Yang, Artificial, a graphic memoir by New Yorker cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, and Aftermath, a debut novel by Maria Adelmann. Jenni is particularly drawn to distinct voices, engaging storytelling, and insight into the human condition. Jenni represents the agency’s cookbook list, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and other categories. She works closely with her clients on each step of the publishing process, and on their career as a whole, including handling film and television, foreign, and magazine sales. She is an editor, mediator, advocate, handholder, explainer, bad cop, good cop etc. etc. Born and raised in NYC, she holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan (where she studied under Peter Ho Davies, Eileen Pollack, Nancy Reisman, and Matthew Klam) and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College (where she studied under Dan Chaon). She edited the foodwriting anthology Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone (Riverhead), and has published her own work in Glimmer Train, Bellevue Literary Review, New York Magazine, and Tin House. She has taught Fiction at the University of Michigan and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and worked as a reader for The Paris Review and as a bookseller at Housing Works (where she met her husband). She lives in Brooklyn.

What I'm Looking For

Engaging fiction. I like voice, humor, plot, character all the good stuff. Non fiction too.

Sample Titles or Authors

You Know You Want This, Kristen Roupenian
The Sunlit Night, Rebecca Dinerstein
Every Anxious Wave, Mo Daviau

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Psychology, Science, Travel