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Book Talk & Signing: Daughter of Providence by Julie Drew
Sunday, December 4, 2011
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Barnard Room (3rd Floor)
What if you found out you had a younger sister living across the state that you never knew? What if discovering her meant you didn’t really know your father at all?
Summer, 1934: Anne Dodge, raised by her old-money, New England father in the small coastal town of Milford, Rhode Island, has always been told that her Portuguese mother abandoned them when Anne was a small child. After her mother’s death, Anne learns that she has a half-sister, Maria Cristina, who was raised by her Portuguese grandparents — and when Maria Cristina comes to Milford to stay, ugly truths begin to surface about the past, catalyzing events that end in loss and rediscovery.
Within a context of jazz and the end of prohibition, New Deal politics, stifling gender expectations, labor strikes, and often-violent union busting, a sense of both hope and desperation pervades Milford after nearly five years of economic depression, and one young woman will pay a heavy price to find her place in a rapidly changing world.
About the Author
Julie Drew grew up in Florida, mostly on the Gulf Coast: St. Pete, Tampa, and Tallahassee. After earning her B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida, she wound up staying for an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Akron in Northeast Ohio, where she teaches writing, cultural studies, and film.
Daughter of Providence is Ms. Drew’s debut novel. She is currently writing a young adult trilogy.
Thanks to Brown University Bookstore, Daughter of Providence will be available for purchase at this event.
Julie Drew will sign books after her talk.