Monica Wood
Monica Wood

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, will be our featured speaker.

This is the true story of life in 1963 Mexico, Maine, when Monica Wood had to grow up too soon after the death of her beloved father, and, together with her three sisters and mother, learn about the bonds of family from within their own four walls to the four walls of their neighbors, to those of the white house and beyond.

The strike against the paper mill in Mexico, Maine had a major impact on the town’s economy and the livelihoods of the residents at that time. But the mill isn’t the only character you’re rooting for in When We Were the Kennedys. There’s Father Bob, the priest uncle struggling so desperately with his own demons. Anne, the heroic eldest sister who keeps their mother from falling apart and sees to the details of everyday life. Denise, the best friend, who provides Monica with an immediate escape and a lifetime of friendship. And Betty, the mentally disabled sister with the surprising ability to unify her family and make them laugh again. Rich with details on family, culture, politics, and economics of the time from a creative and gifted writer, this is the memoir to pick up this summer.

Praise for When We Were the Kennedys

"A tender, plaintive memoir...a genuinely compelling depiction of family grief...a bittersweet, end-of-innocence family drama." —Kirkus Reviews

"In this amiable, specific glimpse of small-town life in 1960s-era Maine...a refreshingly functional family learns to accept loss and preserve love." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently the ABA bestseller Any Bitter Thing. Other fiction includes My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award; Ernie's Ark; and Secret Language. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in various publications. Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio, including the NPR program Selected Shorts. She also writes books for writers and teachers, including The Pocket Muse, volumes one and two. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she conducts a writing program for women at the Maine Correctional Center.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.


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