“Daughter of a Promise” With Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

May 19, 2024 Boston Free
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Daughter of a Promise
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (Courtesy photo)

Join us as we welcome Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg as she discusses her new book, “Daughter of a Promise.”

Days after graduation, Betsabé Ruiz’s life in New York is turning out to be nothing less than cinematic. Although her first job at a white-shoe, Wall Street investment bank is the opportunity of a lifetime, she is not prepared for the magnitude of the wealth swirling about her, nor the long hours and close quarters that infuse her professional relationships with intimacy, nor an unexpected and tangled attraction to her boss. And like all great films, Betsabé’s New York dream comes with a twist that challenges her to find a balance between where she came from and where she’s going. Narrated in the retrospective as a letter of wisdom to her unborn son, “Daughter of a Promise” captures not only Betsabé’s coming of age, but her journey to understand that deep-seated forces such as desire and love are more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Jeanne Blasberg is an award-winning and bestselling author and essayist. Her novel “The Nine” (SWP, 2019) was honored with the 2019 Foreword Indies Gold Award in Thriller & Suspense and the Gold Medal and Juror’s Choice in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards. “Eden” (SWP, 2017), her debut, won the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Her forthcoming novel, “Daughter of a Promise” (SWP, April 2, 2024) is a modern retelling of the legend of David and Bathsheba, completing the thematic trilogy she began with “Eden” and “The Nine.” Blasberg was named a Southampton Writer’s Conference BookEnds Fellow in April 2021. A Smith College graduate, she is both a teacher of writing and a lifetime learner who co-chairs the board of the Boston Book Festival and serves on the Executive Committee of GrubStreet, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers. Blasberg reviews contemporary fiction for the New York Journal of Books. When not in New England, she splits her time between Park City, UT, and growing organic vegetables in Verona, Wisconsin.

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