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Meet the Author - Deborah Henry, The Whipping Club

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Meet the Author presents
Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club

Sunday, January 27, 2012   4:00 pm

Cover_TheWhippingClub_editedA story about secrets. A story about shame. A story about forgiveness. A story about love.

Set in 1960s Dublin, The Whipping Club follows the travails of Marian McKeever, a feisty, young Catholic school teacher, and Ben Ellis, the Jewish journalist with whom she falls in love. Against all odds they plan to marry–until a stunned Marian discovers she’s pregnant. Confused, overwhelmed by the onslaught of objections to their marriage, and believing that she is protecting her future with Ben, Marian decides to hide her pregnancy from him and delivers the baby in secret. Assured that a better life with an American family awaits her infant Adrian, Marian relinquishes him to the nuns of Castleboro Mother Baby Home.
Curious about the duality of her own Jewish/Irish heritage, Deborah Henry was inspired to examine the territory of interfaith marriage and in so doing was led to the subject of the Irish Industrial School system.

Deborah Henry attended American College in Paris and graduated cum laude from Boston University. She received her MFA at Fairfield University. The Whipping Club is her first novel. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and their three children and is currently at work on her next book.

Refreshments and book signing to follow the lecture.

Location : Auditorium