Emily Gray Tedrowe
Emily Gray Tedrowe

Emily Gray Tedrowe

Author of Commuters: A Novel

Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Living the life of a commuter may not be the ideal during the hot summer months, but we're happy to be enjoying the newly-released book, Commuters: A Novel by Emily Gray Tedrowe- an engrossing read, ideal for summer (or any time, actually). Add to that our happiness at being able to announce Ms. Tedrowe's visit here to Darien Library as part of our Adult Summer Reading program, and, well, yes...we have lots of reasons to smile.

Commuters depicts the shockwaves set in motion by the sudden marriage of one middle-class family's 78-year-old matriarch to a wealthy outsider. Winnie Easton has found love with Jerry Trevis - and their decision to purchase the biggest house in their small upstate New York town is met with anger and skepticism from their families. It's an insightful human story about human nature, the nature of families, and the inherent complexities and repercussions of those relationships and decisions. Told from alternating perspectives, Ms. Tedrowe captures the profound and the intimate in this beautifully-drawn family drama.

"Tedrowe is an exceptionally adept first-time novelist, creating a thoroughly engrossing plot, redolent settings, and intriguing characters coping valiantly with fear, terrible decisions, and the bewitchment of money. Tedrowe's tale of family conflict, shelter, love, and loss is suspenseful, funny, and tender." -- Donna Seaman, Booklist

"In her wonderfully cohesive debut novel, short story writer Tedrowe graduates to elegant novelist with a winding, convincing familial drama about the ties that bind and the bonds that bend to the breaking point... The author's deft handling of a large and distinctive cast should win raves from those who revel in this sort of ensemble crazy quilt. A lovely and literate family drama wins bonus points for its sincerity and open-hearted delivery." -- Kirkus

Recently, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C., I had the good fortune to speak with Ms. Tedrowe who was at the Harper Collins booth  signing copies of her book.  Happy to receive one, I (coincidentally) saved the book for the commute back to Connecticut. The author is delightful - the book, so completely engrossing, multi-layered and literate, it's hard to believe that she is a first-time novelist. Not only does this book seem destined to become a favorite selection for book groups, it also marks the beginning of this new novelist's solid footing in the world of literature.

A resident of Chicago, she's looking forward to her visit to Darien Library. We look forward to welcoming her!

Please join us on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. for this very special Adult Summer Reading author event.

Refreshments will be served.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Books will be available for purchase.