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All The Children Are Home: Virtual Author Event with Patry Francis
Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From Patry Francis, author of the acclaimed novel The Orphans at Race Point, comes All The Children Are Home (Harper Perennial; On Sale: 4/13/2020) a sweeping saga in the vein of Ask Again, Yes and The Home for Unwanted Girls, which follows a foster family through twelve years of dazzling triumph and wrenching heartbreak.
About the book:
It is the late 1950s and Dahlia and Louie Moscatelli are an ordinary couple who still live in the Massachusetts mill town where they grew up. However, they have built their marriage around a harrowing secret that has left Dahlia a prisoner in her own home, forever wary of the limitations of a girl’s life, and unable to bear children of her own. When she decides to become a foster mother, she has three rules: no newborns, no delinquents, and above all, no girls.
It’s not long before all Dahlia’s rules are flouted and the Moscatellis commit to raising three long-term placements. Jimmy, the eldest, is terrified by a fear of becoming his biological father – a homeless alcoholic whose name keeps turning up in the court report. Next comes Zaidie, precocious and responsible beyond her years, who arrives clinging to her baby brother Jon’s s hand, and the deathbed promise she made to her mother that she would always take care of him.
However, it is the last child to enter the family who will challenge them most. Six-year-old Agnes is an indigenous girl who arrives as a “temporary” emergency placement. After years of extreme abuse and neglect in her former homes, Agnes has never experienced normal family life, or learned to speak properly and suffers from debilitating asthma. But inside this wounded child is an unbroken spirit that will profoundly change their lives and inspire everyone who encounters her. Heartfelt and engrossing, ALL THE CHILDREN ARE HOME is a deeply moving novel about the real meaning of family, and the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
About the author:
Patry Francis is the author of The Orphans of Race Point (2014), The Liar’s Diary (2010), and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.
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