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Marginalia: Jo Hamya on 'Three Rooms'

Nearly a hundred years ago, Virginia Woolf called for every woman to have “money and a room of one’s own.” Inspired by Woolf, author Jo Hamya had always believed certain things about her future: that she would graduate college, find a stable job, perhaps a partner along the way, and soon enough purchase a comfortable home where she would live out her days. But as she started to notice that journalists and other artists she admired were living with their parents well into their 30s, she wondered whether this future was really possible for someone of her generation, after all. It was this line of thinking that inspired her novel, Three Rooms… a novel set in one year that follows a young woman as she struggles to live a meaningful life on her own terms, unsure if she’ll ever be able to afford to do so.

I recently spoke with Jo Hamya about her novel. This is our conversation.


Three Rooms by Jo Hamya was published by Mariner Books.

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Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.