Digital Book Club – The Sweeney Sisters

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June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Pequot Library Digital Book Club! The June Digital Book Club selection is The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan.

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This month, we are delighted to have author Lian Dolan joining us for our Book Club discussion on Zoom with Pequot Library’s Chief Librarian Christine Catallo. Participants who register below will receive an email on the day of the event with details on how to join the meeting. Limited to 100 participants.

To participate, please register below. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting information on the morning of the event.

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The Sweeney Sisters Book Giveaway!
Lian Dolan is giving away five copies of her brand new book The Sweeney Sisters!

That’s right – five lucky patrons will win a copy of this “endearing story of sisterhood” (set in Southport!) just by registering for our Digital Book Club event on June 18 (at the bottom of this page). Lian Dolan will be our featured guest on Zoom and will lead an live discussion about The Sweeney Sisters with Pequot Library’s Chief Librarian Christine Catallo at the Digital Book Club event.

Here’s what to do:
1. Enter your RSVP information by Monday, May 25 at the bottom of this page to register for the event.
2. Tune in to Pequot Library’s Facebook Page on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. for Lian Dolan’s live announcement of the winners!
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About Lian Dolan
Lian Dolan is a writer and talker. She’s the author of two Los Angeles Times best-selling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife published by Prospect Park Books. She’s a regular humor columnist for Pasadena Magazine and has previously written monthly columns for O, The Oprah Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. She’s also written for TV, radio and websites.

Lian is the producer and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she created with her four real sisters. On Satellite Sisters, she’s interviewed everyone from Nora Ephron to Madeleine Albright to Big Bird. Satellite Sisters began life as a syndicated radio show and is now a top-rated podcast for women. The recent book by the Satellite Sisters, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, is popular with book clubs.

A popular speaker who combines humor and heart, Lian has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning and The Today Show and many local TV stations. She’s been a featured speaker at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Santa Barbara Celebrity Authors Lunch, the Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors and dozens of other events at libraries, book stores, schools and women’s organizations across the country. In 2020, she’ll be on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.

About The Sweeney Sisters
Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.


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