Author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg returns to The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, September 8 for a discussion and signing of her latest novel, The Nine (She Writes Press, $16.95).
When well-meaning helicopter mom Hannah Webber enrolls her brilliant son and center of her world, Sam, into the boarding school of her dreams, neither of them is prepared for what awaits: an illicit underworld where decades of privileged conspiracy threaten not only Sam but also their fragile family.
“The Nine uncovers the underbelly of an elite private school, revealing decades-long corruption while also exposing how the fervent dreams of mothers for their children can shatter families.” –Randy Susan Meyers, best-selling author of Waisted and The Widow of Wall Street
“A poignant mother-son drama … in fluid prose, Blasberg combines two tales through two alternating voices … A helicopter mom turns out to be no match for a well-funded conspiracy; engaging, with a likable young protagonist.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A complex and beautifully wrought tale of the sacrifices parents and children make to join the ranks of the elite, and the shocking secrets they find once they get there.” –Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool and The Half Brother
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is the author of Eden: A Novel, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award 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 reading and writing. After holding jobs on Wall Street, at Macy’s, and writing case studies at Harvard Business School, she turned her attention to 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. 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.
Sunday, September 8, 2:30 pm
Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road