The Book of Essie author Meghan MacLean Weir

 

Join us for an event with Meghan MacLean Weir, author of what will be one of the most talked about novels of the year!

A debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?


 
Praise for The Book of Essie:
"I was immediately captivated by The Book of Essie, a unique and moving story about a young woman whose life has been hijacked by fame, family and faith--and her spectacular, surprising plot to take it back." -Vanessa Diffenbaugh, bestselling author of The Language of Flowers and We Never Asked for Wings
 
"Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous -- and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising." --Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant

"The youngest daughter of an Evangelical preacher-turned-reality TV star hatches a plan to wrangle her freedom--and expose the dark truth about her family--in Weir's debut novel... Deeply sympathetic... well-paced... and the unexpected tenderness between Essie and Roarke gives the novel genuine emotional punch." --Kirkus

 
MEGHAN MACLEAN WEIR was raised in the rectory of her father's church in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and later moved with her family to Buffalo, New York. Her memoir, Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency, chronicles her years in training at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. She continues to live and work as a physician in the Boston area. This is her first novel.

 

Event date: 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
The Book of Essie Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 12th, 2018