Jill Alexander Essbaum, Sally Hepworth, David James Poissant & Harvard Book Store

Tune in to the Literary New England Radio Show tonight at 8 pm for an hour of candid, thought-provoking book and author talk. On this episode we feature:

  • Jill Alexander Essbaum on her striking debut Hausfrau. Described as a ‘modern-day Anna Karenina,’ it’s the story of 30-something  Anna, an American living with her husband in Switzerland, who tries to pull her life together and find happiness through a series of new experiences, including German language classes, Jungian analysis and a series of sexual affairs.
  • Sally Hepworth on The Secrets of Midwives. Neva, a third-generation midwife, is pregnant and determined to hide the baby’s father’s identity. Yet her mother finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Neva’s grandmother, the situation sends her back 60 years to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s–which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all.
  • David James Poissant on The Heaven of Animals. Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, named one of Amazon’s Best Short Story Collections of 2014 and recipient of numerous other awards and recognitions, this debut short story collection explores the tenuous bonds of devotion and family as each of Poissant’s strikingly true-to-life characters are in some way tested by the often-brutal power of love.

We’ll also help you get your read on for next week’s Boston Marathon! We talk with Rachel Cass, head buyer at the Harvard Book Store, about unforgettable running books–fiction, non-fiction and those ideal for children.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton and featuring terrific book giveaways! Please join us tonight!

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