Author Signing with Ann Leary - The Children

In celebration of its release, New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary will speak and sign copies of her new book, The Children on Saturday, May 28th at 4pm at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother's home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at Lakeside, their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiance home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family's polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.

With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities both material and psychological left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.

“[Leary’s] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed.“―Publishers Weekly

“With a deft, sure touch, Ann Leary moves easily and confidently between comedy and pathos, painting a rich portrait of a wealthy, eccentric Connecticut family whose conflicts and loyalties are far more complex than they first appear. As the story unfolds, it becomes a profound meditation on the burden of expectations, familial ties that bind, and the explosive nature of buried secrets.”―Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

“In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic.”―Kirkus, starred review


Ann Leary is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Good House, as well as the novel Outtakes from a Marriage and the memoir, An Innocent, A Broad. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and she has written for the New York Times, Ploughshares, National Public Radio, Redbook, Real Simpleamong other publications. Her new novel, THE CHILDREN will be published in May of 2016.

The Children is published by St. Martin’s Press and can be purchased at The Hickory Stick Bookshop for $26.99.

This event is free and open to the public. 

If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The Children by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525.

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
The Children: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250045379
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 24th, 2016

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