Jamie Pastor Bolnick lives with her family and dogs in New York City. An ex-journalist and photographer, her work has appeared in Redbook, New York Newsday Sunday Magazine, The New York Daily News, and Interview Magazine.
She is the author of two nonfiction books, "Living at the Edge of the World" -- recently adapted theatrically by actress Rachel Morgan, titled "The Most Beautiful High", and mounted for a limited Chicago run in late 2012 -- and "Winnie: My Life in the Institution", which was made into an NBC-TV Movie of the Week.
Her books have been translated and published in Holland, Norway, China and Japan.
"Living at the Edge of the World: A Teenager's Survival in the Tunnels of Grand Central Station"
A true story told with heartbreaking honesty.
Sixteen year old Tina S. thinks she's found her soul mate in April, a wild, charismatic teenage runaway. She leaves behind her dysfunctional family to join her new friend in the tunnels of Grand Central Station amidst the homeless and drug addicted. Soon she's following in April's footsteps: bingeing on crack cocaine, stealing, rolling drunks, and panhandling to support her habit and survive on the New York City streets.
In her own words Tina describes her harrowing descent into crack addiction, being raped in the tunnels, several arrests and jail terms served with hardened criminals on Rikers Island, and her devastation over the death of her beloved friend April.
Finally faced with the reality that she might not make it through one more day, Tina takes her first tentative steps towards a normal life.
With the help of a homeless advocate and his wife, a gay uncle dying of AIDS, and Jamie Pastor Bolnick, the writer who was to become her coauthor on this book, Tina turns her life around and begins the long struggle back to the world of the living.