R.J. Julia fully supports local and independent authors and takes pride in their success. For over 25 years we have presented high-caliber author events and currently hosts more than 300 events each year. It is our pleasure to dedicate this evening to three local authors, each unique in their writing styles and stories. Please support our local writing community and join us for a wonderful evening of story-telling and friendship.
A historical novel vibrant with intimate detail and intense emotion, Thy Children’s Children traces five generations of a real New England family through the turbulent decades that saw a handful of American colonies transformed into a young nation on the cusp of the modern industrial era.
The seeds of a grassroots dynasty that flourishes to this day were planted when John and Hope Lyman began life on a small Connecticut farm in 1741. Here the first five generations of Lyman men and women built and maintained a family homestead, facing challenges large and small, with courage and conviction. Even as the Lymans sank roots deep into New England soil, they were active in charting the course of the nation’s history from colonial times to after the Civil War. They fought for American independence, crusaded against slavery, advanced industry – and more.
In this debut novel, Diana Ross McCain skillfully combines meticulous research and vibrant imagination to illuminate the everyday heroism of a remarkable family. She is a professional historian who has been sharing her passion for Connecticut’s past for more than thirty years. She is the author of five non-fiction books, as well as many magazine articles and newspaper columns. She lives in Connecticut. This is her first novel.
Eighteen-year-old Carrie Welton is restless, unhappy, and ill-suited to the conventions of nineteenth-century New England. Using her charm and a cunning scheme, she escapes the shadow of a cruel father and wanders into a thrilling series of high-wire adventures.
Her travels take her all over the country, putting her in the path of Bohemian painters, poets, singers, social crusaders, opium eaters, violent gang members, and a group of female mountain climbers. But Carrie's demons return to haunt her, bringing her to the edge of sanity and leading to a fateful expedition onto Longs Peak in Colorado. That's not the end, though. Carrie, being Carrie, sends an astonishing letter back from the grave and thus engineers her final escape--forever into your heart.
A writer and editor for the past forty-five years, Charles Monagan is the author of three acclaimed humor books, The Neurotic's Handbook, The Reluctant Naturalist, and Poodles from Hell, as well as Connecticut Icons and the novel Carrie Welton. He was the editor of Connecticut Magazine for 24 years and has freelanced for many publications, including The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Mad Bomber. Monagan lives in Connecticut with his wife, Marcia.
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