C. P.  Jennings,

published by Poindexter Press,

an imprint of red feather press NY

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The Undulating Mountain

When their parents fail to return home to their Manhattan apartment one evening, twelve year old Sophie Penn and her brothers William and Tom are left to navigate on their own in a city where technology has become unreliable, discombobulated bands of people roam the streets, fires erupt spontaneously on the rivers, and no one seems to be in charge. On a journey that takes them from the changed streets of their home city to the no less changed and mysterious Undulating Mountain where their grandmother Lupine lives, the children seek to right their out-of-balance world. It is a journey fraught with danger, and full of wonder and new friends.

2014. Available online and through bookstores.

290 pages.

Library of Congress number: 2014907505

Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9903426-1-8  $20.00

Kindle: ISBN 978-0-9903426-4-9 $8.99

Other e-pub formats: (Nook, i-tunes, and others) ISBN  978-0-9903426-5-6 $8.99

Her Family of Men

A dark age, illuminated by a moment of hope. A distant father revered by the known world.  A mother who dabbles in mystery, whose friends are from an unknown land. War for belief, for territory, for familial power.  Envy. Love betrayed, love unrequited, love that goes unrecognized. The ancient and hypnotic science of an instrument called the stargazer. and in the midst of all, a small,gifted, and misunderstood boy who must navigate the mysteries surrounding him. The early life of Médy Artorius.

2007 and 2014. Available online and through bookstores.

340 pages.

Library of Congress Control number: 2014905695

In paperback: ISBN 978-0-9839317-99

Retail: $20.00

Kindle: ISBN 978-0-9903426-3-2

Other e-book formats: ISBN 978-9903426-6-3

Amazon In Arabic, Backward From Illness, A Memoir

This deeply affecting memoir recounts the author’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment as it interrupts and intersects her work as resident artist for a World War I archaeology project in the Middle East, and sends her back to the past to muse upon and evaluate the building blocks of her unusual life: the influences of others, early circumstances, and her own thoughts and actions. In the apparent disconnect between her Appalachian childhood and her work in the southern deserts of Jordan she discovers among other things the roots of her commitment to human rights and her empathy with people of other cultures, as well as the lessons for rebuilding her life after illness.  

2011. Available online and through bookstores.

216 pages.

Library of Congress Number: 2014938994

Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9903426-0-1  $16.00

Kindle: ISBN 978-0-9839317-1-3 $5.99

Other e-book formats: ISBN 978-0-9839317-4-4 $5.99

A Conspiracy of Goodness

Thirty-year-old Henry Oliver has achieved international success as a dancer and choreographer not through blind ambition but through an almost equally disturbing focus that, combined with his gifts, allows him to ignore both his own and others’ emotional needs. But just as he is arriving at the pinnacle of his career, a close friend dies and his cold focus deserts him, leaving him vulnerable to emotional demands that sap his self-confidence. He turns tail on all he has fought for and runs home to his mother Bella, who still lives in the small mountain town where Henry grew up. She was his first teacher and inspiration, but her seeming-foolishness has always embarrassed Henry and driven him away. Bella, on the other hand, has secrets that she has always kept hidden from her son. Now she is dying. Will they be able to reconcile before it is too late, so that Bella can die at peace and Henry can bring his true gifts to fruition?


276 pages

PAPERBACK EDITION ISBN: 978-06158179-9-6 $16.00

KINDLE ISBN 978-0-9839317-1-3  $5.99

ALL OTHER EBOOK FORMATS ISBN 978-0-9839317-3-7 $5.99


Elsie Pocket, Her sad yet fortunate story

Has anyone ever told you the story of Elsie Pocket, that peculiar person who works magic in the gardens at 13 Truffle Avenue? No? Well, I will tell you then, because it’s a very interesting story indeed.......

56 pages, illustrated.

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-304-93809-1

Retail: $14.00

Kindle:  $3.99

Rupert Rochester and Elsie Pocket,

The story of a boy, a gardener, and a camera

Rupert has everything a boy might dream of,, as long as you don’t count love and friendship. Then, when tragedy strikes, a very surprising person comes to the rescue...the mysterious Elsie Pocket, who has experienced tragedies of her own and therefore understands what a little boy might need.

59 pages, illustrated.

Paperback:  ISBN  978-1-105-17514-5

Retail: $14.00

Kindle: $3.99

Rupert Rochester & Elsie Pocket: three stories

Now in one book, the complete tales of Rupert & Elsie, including a brand-new story Return to the Pookatina Kingdom.

Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9903426-8-7    $14.00

Waking in the Aftermathspublication date 6 January 2024.

Poindexter Press

Print ISBN:  978-0-9903426-9-4   US$19.99

E-book ISBN: 979-8-218-31184-1  US$7.99

Kindle ASIN: ‎ B0CNV86XSC    US$7.99

Library of Congress control number: 2023922443

In Mist Hill, the Appalachian village of their childhood, the long-estranged Collins siblings Kate and Lynuel (the former a worldly success, the latter a local failure) reunite and confront the past when they encounter the Roma love-child of their dead father and experience the traumatic intrusion of world events on this isolated corner of the world.

Waking in the Aftermaths brings to life the Collins siblings Kate and Lynuel, children from one of the 'better' families of the village of Mist Hill, WV, who in 1961 embark upon an adventure that misfires and drastically influences their life trajectories in opposite ways. Kate becomes a driven human rights activist and poet, worldly and respected, long married to a Moroccan professor; yet in spite of every appearance of success, Kate is tormented by her responsibility for what she believes happened in 1961. Her modus operandi is to push people away, hard. Lyn on the other hand is a substance abuser and petty thief (later reformed) who has to all intents never left home; the result of their childhood misadventure for him has been an overwhelming fatalism.

In 2001, Kate returns to Mist Hill for a rare visit at the same time that the aftermath of September 11th engulfs her, her Moroccan, Muslim husband, and their child. These current troubles merge with the continuing aftermath of the traumatic event of her and Lyn's childhood. Meanwhile, across the road and the railroad tracks, on the edge of the river, an eccentric family of three women has restored and moved into one of the group of hovels formerly known as 'Gypsytown.' They are the remnants of the Stanleys and the Hearnes, Roma families who had once lived there. Arabella Stanley, the youngest, has a relationship to the same past that Lyn and Kate share, but they have yet to learn what that relationship is. As the Collins and Stanley/Hearne families meet and their individuals stories unwind and merge in this isolated mountain setting, the past is finally laid to rest - as much as it is possible for the past to be. Our three protagonists, Kate, Lyn and Arabella, learn how to truly shoulder the burdens each has been given.

Praise for Waking in the Aftermaths:

"C.P. Jennings is a graceful, humane storyteller, and Waking in the Aftermaths is a richly layered story of siblings, families, and communities--one that stretches from a small town in West Virginia to New York City to Rabat, Morocco, in the days and months after 9/11. The love here is often hard-won and unexpected, and all the more moving and forceful for being so. By the time a character finds himself exclaiming, “My God, isn’t the world just a fantastic place?” I felt the same exclamation ring through me, with fresh gratitude for the world and for this book that made me feel that way."~Kathryn Chetkovich, playwright (The Formula) and award-winning author (Friendly Fire)

writing as C.P.T. JENNINGS,