We are delighted to welcome novelist Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg to the Book Stall to discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Nine. Thsi event is free and open to the public. We ask that your purchase your copies of The Nine from the Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.
About the book:
Fourteen-year-old Sam is glad to be out from under his mother's close watch, and he enjoys his newfound freedom at boarding school--until he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct. Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, this is the story of a young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world--even if it means jeopardizing his mother's dreams.
The Nine is one of those suspenseful, highly addictive novels that keep you saying, "just one more chapter" until suddenly you've stayed up all night to finish it. Hannah and Sam--the tenacious, devoted mother and her humble, endearing son--make an irresistible team as they take on the dark narcissism and systemic exploitation of an elite world that attempts to break them. I love this book's iconoclastic impulse and its ultimate faith in the values of work over privilege, and love over loyalty." --Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
About the author:
Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden: A Novel, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women's Fiction and finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and Sarton Women's Book Award for Historical Fiction. After graduating from Smith College, she embarked on a career in finance. Though she worked primarily with numbers, she was always interested in writing. After holding jobs on Wall Street, at Macy's, and writing case studies at Harvard Business School, she turned her attention to writing memoir and fiction. Blasberg founded the Westerly Memoir Project. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festival and Grub Street, one of the country's preeminent creative writing centers, where she enjoys being part of a community of enthusiastic learners. She and her husband have three grown children and split time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. She loves to travel, play squash, ski, and take in the glorious sunsets over Little Narragansett Bay.
Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam's intellect becomes Hannah's life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage.