Feast of Fiction at Orange Door Kitchen returns in January with a special slate of courageous women telling personal stories that cut through the noise and go straight to the heart.
Adrienne Brodeaur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, will be joined by Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink, and Mimi Lemay, author of What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation.
Adrienne’s memoir, Wild Game, is a daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. It has been named to many Best Book lists this fall, was called “vivid” by BBC and “shocking. poignant, [and] unputdownable” by People Magazine.
Rachel’s novel, The Weight of Ink, is set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century. The story is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. It won the National Jewish Book Award and was a USA Today Bestseller.
Mimi’s memoir, What We Will Become, is a mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life. The memoir has been hailed as “engrossing and compassionate…This fascinating, heart-wrenching memoir offers invaluable insights into issues of gender identity,” by Publishers Weekly in their starred review.
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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.