Jillian Medoff’s fifth novel, WHEN WE WERE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, is a story about privilege, power, consent and dirty, sexy money. A surprising success (surprising to her), the novel garnered many accolades: Book of the Month Club selection, Apple Books Best of the Month, Audible Editor’s Pick, PEOPLE Picks of the Week, a Town and Country Magazine and O Daily favorite and a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book, among others.
She is the author of four other novels: THIS COULD HURT, I COULDN’T LOVE YOU MORE (a national bestseller), GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD, and HUNGER POINT. HUNGER POINT was made into an original Lifetime movie starring Christina Hendricks and Barbara Hershey and directed by Joan Micklin Silver (Lifetime TV, 2003).
A former fellow at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, Jillian has an MFA from NYU. She studied with Mona Simpson (her thesis advisor) and Jonathan Dee; and took master classes with Toni Morrison, Grace Paley, and Joyce Carol Oates. Jillian’s MFA experience was life-changing. She sold her graduate thesis, originally titled THE HUNTERS, to HarperCollins where it was retitled HUNGER POINT and published as her debut novel in 1997. Back then, readers loved the deeply depressed Frannie; now, they hate her and her whole stupid, self-absorbed family. Times change, culture evolves, and still, trauma endures.
In addition to writing novels, Jillian has a long career in corporate consulting. Since her early days at Max Factor and American Home Goods (in Trump Tower!), she’s worked for a wide range of employers, including Deloitte and Aon. Now with Segal Benz, she advises clients on communication strategies for all aspects of the employee experience.
Jillian lives with her husband, Keith Dawson and three adult daughters, who come and go. She reviews fiction for the New York Times Book Review, and is currently working on a new novel, THE COMMITTEE, a story about medical ethics and race in Seattle, circa 1961.