Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a longtime agent at Union Literary (formerly Brick House) where she represents a range of Novels and Story Collections, Cookbooks, Memoirs, Narrative Nonfiction, and other categories.
She is particularly drawn to voice and humor, authority, and insight into the human condition. Of late, she relishes novels that show characters over a long time (e.g. Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, and Hanya Yanigahara’s A Little Life) as well as books that delve deeply into one character’s particular moment (e.g. Marcy Dermansky’s The Red Car). Jenni enjoys working with her clients editorially, on each step of the publishing process, and on their career as a whole.
She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan and a BA from Oberlin College. She edited the anthology Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone and has an essay on Hospital Food in Tin House. She has taught Fiction at the University of Michigan and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and worked as a reader for The Paris Review and as a bookseller at Housing Works (where she met her husband). Jenni is on the contracts committee of the AAR and is a member of The IACP. She lives in Brooklyn.