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Thursday June 14 at 7pm
Meghan MacLean Weir presents
The Book of Essie

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Thursday, June 14 at 7pm - Meghan MacLean Weir presents "The Book of Essie"

Please join us on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7pm when Boston-area author Meghan MacLean Weir joins us to talk about her new novel, The Book of Essie. There will be time for Q&A and book signing after the author presentation.

The Book of Essie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520313
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 12th, 2018

A 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?

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