Join us for a discussion with four of today's most outstanding and acclaimed historical fiction authors as we talk about their latest novels! We are pleased to welcome Susan Meissner, Renée Rosen, Stephanie Dray and Erika Robuck, in celebration of National Library Week 4/4 – 4/10/2021. A Zoom link will be sent a day or two before the program to all those who have registered. We have copies of each book to be given away by a drawing to be held following the event.
Susan Meissner is the critically-acclaimed author of 20 novels, including The Last Year of the War, As Bright as Heaven, Secrets of a Charmed Life, and A Fall of Marigolds among others. Her books have earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and BookList. THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS is her latest novel, the tale of one young woman whose life is forever changed by the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906—one of the deadliest and most devastating quakes in the history of the United States. The heroine’s fate becomes deeply entwined with two women she meets, and who help her rebuild from the ground up in the earthquake’s aftermath.
Renée Rosen shines in bringing to life behind-the-scenes stories of famous New Yorkers, in addition to stories set in Chicago (What the Lady Wants, Windy City Blues). Her latest book is published on the heels of her popular Park Avenue Summer (2019), which centered on the life and career of Helen Gurley Brown, former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan who redefined New York’s magazine publishing scene in the 1960s. THE SOCIAL GRACES (to be published April 20, 2021) throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Alva Vanderbilt and Caroline Astor's notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age.
Acclaimed novelist Stephanie Dray is beloved for writing about historical women who lived in exciting and important times—often in the shadows of more famous men. Her two previous novels shined a light on American "founding mothers" Eliza Hamilton (My Dear Hamilton) and Martha “Patsy” Jefferson (America's First Daughter). Now Dray takes us across the Atlantic in THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE (to be published March 30, 2021). Set during three dark chapters of history—the French Revolution and both world wars—the novel is a sprawling, epic journey inspired by another “founding mother”: Adrienne Lafayette, wife of the Marquis de Lafayette.
Erika Robuck is the national best-selling author of Receive Me Falling, Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, and The House of Hawthorne. Her latest novel, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is a gripping story based on the remarkable true story of World War II heroine Virginia Hall. France, March 1944: Virginia Hall wasn’t like the other young society women back home in Baltimore—she traded a safe life for adventure in Europe, and is thrust into the dark days of war. Once she’s recruited as an Allied spy, subverting the Nazis becomes her calling. Virginia is haunted every day by the betrayal that ravaged her first operation, and will do everything in her power to avenge the brave people she lost.