The Hours Before Dusk
Finding Light in Cities Around The World
I wrote a book. It’s now for sale.
Every single world, page is straight from the softest place in my heart.
I wrote this book so that when you read it you’ll see the beauty of your own world, reflected back at you.
If there’s anything I could ever tell you, share with you, it’s here.
Since 2005, Jenna Matecki has chronicled the moments of her life in the form of poems, short stories, and letters. Her work as a sustainability communications strategist and journalist has taken her to over 25 cities across four continents, where she puts words to the familiar feelings of nostalgia, curiosity, turning strangers into friends, and falling in love: for a moment, with a feeling, with a place, with the right person at the perfect time. The Hours Before Dusk is a hybrid narrative that challenges readers to find feelings of peace and joy in the everyday and to sharpen their curiosity for the world through evocative stories and poetry.
This genre-bending collection is a culmination of Matecki's life lived around the world, written to invoke feelings of sentimentality for the past, while simultaneously urging you to forge new meaningful experiences. The Hours Before Dusk is an antidote to our chaotic, technology-filled existence, a salve for the anxiety levied by our times. It guards and cherishes what you hold most sacred, and provokes a deep dive into the personal, warm, and unspoken world that you call your own.
The book is illustrated by Jimmy Thompson, an artist from Los Angeles who I truly believe is the next Matisse.
I’m working with an incredible publisher Parea Books, a new publishing house that is changing the world of words and bringing books to market that are all about self-expansion.
Here are some things that readers in focus groups have said about our book:
“Reminds you of who you once were, the version of yourself you remember most fondly”
“A book that invites you to be more observant, more present in your own life, to find the magic in the ordinary…”
“Reading this gave me peace when I was overwhelmed, brought me joy when I was upset, and channeled my positive energy into creation.”
“This is a book you should carry with you at all times…”
I would absolutely love for you to read it.
Thank you for believing in me and for being on this email list.
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Like I said, if there’s anything I’d ever want to tell you or share with you, this book is it.
And I couldn’t have done any of this without you.