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Join us live and in-person on Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM as Ellen Meeropol talks about her new novel, The Lost Women of Azalea Court. She will be joined in conversation by Caroline Heller, author of Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts.
On a chilly November morning, eighty-eight-year-old Iris Blum goes missing from Azalea Court, a six-bungalow development on the grounds of a long-closed state mental hospital. Her husband, Asher Blum, was the last head psychiatrist at the hospital and is writing a book about the treatment of mental illness. Their daughter Lexi, the neighbors, and police detective McPhee suspect Dr. Blum of being involved in Iris's disappearance. When the searches and interviews come up empty, the neighbors dig into the past--Asher's childhood experiences with anti-Nazi partisans in the forests of Poland, unethical practices at the mental hospital, and Iris's mysterious best friend, Harriet. The neighbors of Azalea Court, Lexi, Harriet, and Detective McPhee narrate this story together, uncovering ghosts, secrets, and lies.
Ellen Meeropol is the author of the novels Her Sister's Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest, and the play Gridlock. Essay and short story publications include Ms. Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle, Guernica, and The Boston Globe. Her work has been honored by the Sarton Prize, the Women's National Book Association, the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and PBS NewsHour. A founding member of Straw Dog Writers' Guild, Ellen coordinates their Social Justice Writing project and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Caroline Heller is Professor Emeritus in the Ph.D. program in educational studies at Lesley University.
Her previous book, Until We Are Strong Together: Women Writers in the Tenderloin and her forthcoming book, a collaboration with nine of her doctoral students, Telling the Story of Your Data: Narrative Writing for Qualitative Researchers are in cooperation with Teachers College Press. Her book, Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts has recently been published in paperback by Leapfrog Press.
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