Nichole Bernier (credit: Nina Subin)
Nichole Bernier (credit: Nina Subin)

Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. will be our featured speaker.

Kate Spenser is desperately in need of a vacation. Reeling from the death of her best friend Elizabeth a year prior, unnerved in the post-9/11 world, and struggling with her role as a stay-at-home mom and her deferred career ambitions, she longs for the safe haven of her family’s summer rental on Great Rock Island. But Kate’s baggage follows her to the island in the form of a trunk full of Elizabeth’s private journals, a weighty inheritance that came with one instruction: Start at the beginning.

To Kate’s surprise, the diaries reveal a dark side to Elizabeth she never knew existed. Underneath the cheerful façade of the perfect wife and mother, Elizabeth was a frustrated artist with a troubled family history, battling depression and a deep ambivalence toward marriage and family. As a mysterious man surfaces in the diary pages, Kate’s basic sense of morality and fidelity is tested. Delving deeper into Elizabeth’s past casts a shadow of uncertainty over Kate’s own seemingly perfect life and begs the question – how well can we really know the people we love? And how well do we let them know us?

Advance Praise for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

“A smart, poignant novel about the bittersweet choices woman make and the secrets they keep. This is one of those rare novels that’s so real you forget it’s written; I literally carried it around with me, and I missed the characters when I was done.” –Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

About the Author

Nichole Bernier is a freelance writer and a contributing editor with Condé Nast Traveler. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and Good Morning America, and has written for Elle, Self, Health, and Men’s Journal. She runs the literary website BeyondTheMargins.com and is on twitter @nicholebernier.

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