We're so pleased to tell you that author Maura Roosevelt, great-granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, will be at the bookshop on Tuesday, July 9th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM to talk about and sign copies of her wonderful new novel, Baby of the Family.
Baby of the Family invites readers into the hearts of an American family dynasty in its twilight years. It is an unforgettable and addictive debut novel about the Whitbys: a family with a legacy akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real estate magnates who were considered “The Landlords of New York.”
Maura Roosevelt’s work has been published in places like The Nation Magazine and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Baby of the Family was developed from a short story with the same title, which was published in Joyland Magazine and was given an award for “Most Read Story of 2014.” Maura has taught writing at NYU and USC. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MFA from NYU, and is currently completing a PhD in Writing Studies at Columbia University. .
About Baby of the Family:
*A Publishers Marketplace 2019 Buzz Book*
“Roosevelt's debut reveals a sure hand, an eye for detail, and a keen sense of the absurd, and her affection for Brooke, Shelley, and Nick shines through as they fumble their way toward wisdom.” —Booklist, *starred* review
“I can’t believe Maura Roosevelt’s big-hearted, deliciously readable novel Baby of the Family is a debut. This is a wise and soaring book about family secrets and the price of privilege, by a writer with profound insight, immense talent, and a brilliant future." —Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
While America has never had a royal family, it certainly has dynasties. From the Kennedys to the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers to the Kardashians, wealthy and influential families rule gossip rags, society balls, charity functions, red carpets, and, more recently, social media. America’s fascination with the wealth and scandal of the upperclasses never fades.
This spring, Maura Roosevelt—the great-granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt—invites readers into the hearts of an American family dynasty in its twilight years in BABY OF THE FAMILY (Dutton; March 5, 2019), an unforgettable and addictive debut novel about the Whitbys: a family with a legacy akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real estate magnates who were considered “The Landlords of New York.”
There was a time when the death of a Whitby would have made national news, but when the family patriarch Roger dies in 2003, no announcement is made, in the media or otherwise. As word of his death travels from the longtime family lawyer to his clan of children, from four separate marriages, his parting wish rocks the family. Roger has left everything to his twenty-one-year-old adopted son Nick, including houses in Boston and New York that are currently occupied by Shelley and Brooke—his daughters from his first two marriages. To make matters worse, Nick is nowhere to be found.
Brooke, a nurse in Boston who is unexpectedly pregnant, leads the search for Nick, hoping to convince him to let her keep her home. Shelley, who hasn't told anyone she's dropped out of college just months before graduating, is living in her childhood apartment and begins working as an assistant for a blind architect. When Nick, on the run from the law after a misguided and dramatic act of political activism, finally shows up at Shelley's Manhattan apartment, worlds collide and family drama ensues. Soon, all three half-siblings are faced with the question they have been running from their whole lives: what do they want their future to look like, if they can finally escape their past?
A wry and dynamic novel that explores political activism and life before the #MeToo movement with subtle grace and reflection, Roosevelt’s debut weaves together multiple perspectives to create a portrait of an American family, and an American dream gone awry. Written with poise and charm, BABY OF THE FAMILY is a book about family secrets—how they define us, bind us together, and threaten to blow us (and more) apart. With an inside look into a modern-day dynasty fallen into disrepair, Roosevelt’s impressive debut will leave readers reflective and amused by the term “fun for the whole family.”