To Belong

What does it mean to belong? To a place, a community, a family? Jill Fordyce J.D. ’89 explores the theme in her debut novel, Belonging.

Writing a book is a major feat many dream about but only a few accomplish. It certainly felt like that at times for Jill Fordyce J.D. ’89, who kept her literary dreams on ice while she pursued appellate law and started a family.

But now Fordyce is celebrating becoming a published author as of January 2024 with her debut novel, Belonging.

Spanning three decades, Belonging is about the ways we are all shaped by the places we come from and the desire to make a family when your own family has failed.

“The inspiration originally started with just the seed of an idea of how a childhood friendship could endure and sustain someone kind of lighting the way through life and even death,” Fordyce says. “I also love a coming-of-age story, I love a family saga and I wanted to tell a story like that.”

Fordyce began drafting the story over 10 years ago and took classes at Stanford to brush up on her writing chops. “What I would hope a reader takes [in] the most is this notion of belonging,” Fordyce says. “It could be belonging to a family or a faith or a school or a community. Without it, there’s a fundamental aloneness. It would be my dream if this book spoke to people about belonging, what that means, and helps people to feel less alone.”

Image courtesy Jill Fordyce.
Feathered Fortunes

Bloomberg tech reporter Kurt Wagner ’12 returns to campus to discuss his new book on Twitter’s takeover and the humans behind the corporate curtain.

Swing and a Hit

Bringing the professional sports experience to college women golfers is part of the game.

What’s In a Vote?

Turns out: A lot. Santa Clara University students discuss how Gen Z feels about voting ahead of Super Tuesday.

Art History Majors Make History

Art history graduates Lauren Stein ’23, Maggie Walter ’23, and Annika Singh ’23 joined forces to create the first student-led art exhibit at Santa Clara’s de Saisset Museum.