DEBUT AUTHOR JULIE GERSTENBLATT APPEARS IN-CONVERSATION WITH LISA BARR

Join us at Lake Forest Book Store as debut author Julie Gerstenblatt appear in conversation with Lisa Barr.

DAUGHTERS OF NANTUCKET
Mira Press  $30.00  (Releases March 14, 2023)
 
Monday, May 8, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
at Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
 

Books available for purchase and signing

Refreshments will be served

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Set against Nantucket's Great Fire of 1846, this sweeping, emotional novel brings together three courageous women battling to save everything they hold dear .... Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often for years at a time, women here know a rare independence--and the challenges that go with it. Eliza Macy is struggling to conceal her financial trouble as she waits for her whaling captain husband to return from a voyage. In desperation, she turns against her progressive ideals and targets Meg Wright, a pregnant free Black woman trying to relocate her store to Main Street. Meanwhile, astronomer Maria Mitchell loves running Nantucket's Atheneum and spending her nights observing the stars, yet she fears revealing the secret wishes of her heart. On a sweltering July night, a massive fire breaks out in town, quickly kindled by the densely packed wooden buildings. With everything they possess now threatened, these three very different women are forced to reevaluate their priorities and decide what to save, what to let go and what kind of life to rebuild from the ashes of the past. 

Julie Gerstenblatt holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Cognoscenti, among others. When not writing, Julie is a college essay coach, as well as a producer and on-air host for A Mighty Blaze. A native New Yorker, Julie now lives in coastal Rhode Island with her family and one very smart shichon poo. Daughters of Nantucket is her first novel..

Event date: 
Monday, May 8, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Ave.
Lake Forest, IL 60045