Book Description: “In the tradition of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Fremont writes with wit and candor about growing up in a household held together by a powerful glue: secrets.  Her parents, profoundly affected by their memories of the Holocaust, pass on to both Helen and her older sister a penchant for keeping their lives neatly, even obsessively, compartmentalized, and a zealous determination to protect themselves from what they see as danger from the outside world.  Fremont’s book is an exploration of intimate betrayal, the legacy of secrets, and the high cost of truth-telling.”

  • Selected as an “Editor’s Choice” book by The New York Times
  • Selected as a “Best New Book” by People Magazine
  • Selected as one of the “25 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2020” by Bookpage

Genre(s): Memoir

Author: Helen Fremont is the author of the national bestseller After Long Silence. Her works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Ploughshares, and The Harvard Review.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has been a teaching fellow at both Bread Loaf and the Radcliffe Institute.  She was a scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and worked as a public defender in Boston, where she now lives with her wife.

Format: Hardcover

Date of Drawing: May 14

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