Helen Klein Ross on The Latecomers
Where: Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave.
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From the bestselling author of What Was Mine – a deeply moving family drama about a young Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and a dark secret that lay hidden in its walls for five generations.
In 1908, sixteen-year-old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom. But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world.
Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate. It’s the dawn of a new century: innovative technologies are emerging, women’s roles are changing, and Bridey is emboldened by the promise of a fresh start. She cares for the Hollingworth children as if they were her own, until a mysterious death changes Bridey and the household forever. For decades, the terrible secrets of Bridey’s past continue to haunt the family. And in the present day, the youngest Hollingworth makes a connection that finally brings these dark ghost stories into the light.
Told in interweaving timelines and rich with detailed history, romance and dark secrets, Helen Klein Ross’ THE LATECOMERS spans a century of America life and reminds us all that we can never truly leave the past behind.
Helen Klein Ross is the author of three novels. Her latest is The Latecomers from Little, Brown. She is also the creator of The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, an anthology of new poems titled by old telegrams, from Red Hen Press.
Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and five books of fiction, most recently Before Everything (Viking Penguin)Buy tickets/get more info now