Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her—until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it’s her mother’s choices she’s been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.
Andrea Jarrell’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other popular and literary publications. She earned her BA in literature at Scripps College and her MFA in creative writing and literature at Bennington College. A Los Angeles native, she currently lives in suburban Washington, D.C.
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"Becoming an Outlaw Or: How My Short Fiction Became a Memoir," Cleaver Magazine
"A Different Kind of Birth," Motherwell Magazine
"Roar for the Ages," Wordpress Discover Editor's Pick
"Wild Thing: On Writing and Not Writing," Brevity Magazine blog
"Hurry, Hurry Home," Mamalode (reprint)
"Ripe: Flaunting My Desire," The Manifest-Station
"Learning to Give for the Sake of Giving," Role Reboot
"The Power of Travel: A Yogini Goes to India," AARP Magazine
"Climbing Off the Ladder: Community vs. Competition," Literary Mama
"C'mon, Give Us a Smile," The Mid
"The Pose You Don't Want is the One You Need," The Broad Side
"The Proposal," The Manifest-Station
"The Getaway," Full Grown People
"This Holiday, Don't Hide the Piercings from Grandma,"
The New York Times "Motherlode"
"Why I've Quit Writing About My Children," The Washington Post
"Lost," Cleaver Magazine
"I Was a 52-Year-Old (Thanksgiving) Virgin," Role Reboot
"52 Firsts In 52 Weeks: My Year Of Living Dangerously," The Huffington Post
"What We Don't Say," My Other Ex: Women's True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friendships, Editors Smock and Strenger
“Star Quality,” Washingtonian Magazine
“Steering Clear,” Brain, Child Magazine
“Halloween RIP,” The Washington Post
“On the Miracle Mile,” Cleaver Magazine
“A Measure of Desire,” The New York Times "Modern Love" Column
“Fresno 1982,” Narrative Magazine
“Lice Season,” Literary Mama