Maura Roosevelt - Baby of the Family & Deb Spera - Call Your Daughter Home — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Deftly channeling the very different voices of three indomitable women, Spera’s debut novel brings to life 1920s South Carolina. Opening as the region is struggling to recover from a devastating boll weevil infestation, the story follows Gertrude, who must find a way to save herself from her abusive husband while not letting her daughters starve; Retta, a first-generation freed slave, who faces the entrenched racism of her employers, an old plantation family; and Annie, the matriarch of that faded dynasty, who has to reconcile herself to old family secrets. Fierce mothers all, these women bond to protect their families and fight injustice. Drawing on stories she listened to growing up, Spera, a television producer and owner of One-Two Punch Productions, gives us characters we can root for.


Expanding on her award-winning Joyland magazine short story, Roosevelt gives us a multi-faceted portrait of a family that has seen better days. Once considered “the landlords of New York,” the Whitbys are down to the three children of the late scion, Roger Whitby, Jr. Roger named his adopted son, Nick, as his sole heir, cutting off his two daughters, Shelley—who has dropped out of college without telling anyone—and Brooke, who is unexpectedly pregnant. Nick, however, is on the run after a misguided bit of political activism. When he surfaces, the three siblings face lingering questions about their family legacy. Engaging and heartwarming, Roosevelt’s debut is both a captivating coming-of-age story and an agile look at the political, global, and social currents of the early 21st century.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Fiction & Poetry
Baby of the Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743178
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Published: Dutton - March 5th, 2019

Call Your Daughter Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778307747
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Published: Park Row - June 11th, 2019

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