Erica Ferencik, a Boston novelist and essayist, will be at the South End library on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 PM to give a talk with a slide show about her month-long sojourn to the Peruvian Amazon to research her latest suspense novel, Into the Jungle. The novel, Ferencik’s second, describes one woman's terrifying journey of survival in the Bolivian Amazon. Publishers Weekly called it “[A] ferocious fever dream of a thriller…Ferencik delivers an alternately terrifying and exhilarating tale.” Into the Jungle will come out on May 28.
Ferencik’s first thriller, The River at Night, was a #1 Pick by Oprah, who called it “the page-turning novel you’ve been waiting for, a heart-pounding debut.” It was also a Must Read selection of Entertainment Weekly, which described the novel as “harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush.” Miramax has recently optioned The River at Night for film.
The author has been a ghostwriter, editor and screenwriter, and did stand-up comedy for ten years at various clubs in Boston and New York. She was a material writer for David Letterman during the early years of his national late-night show. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. A previous novel, Repeaters, has been optioned for film.