Our very own Beauport Hotel on Commercial Street has hosted a series of Fireside Chats and I attended the most recent with author Katherine A. Sherbrooke. Ms. Sherbrooke’s team send Good Morning Gloucester an advance copy of the book prior to the Fireside Chat and I was lucky enough to be the one to receive the assignment. The newly published The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly is a well told story following the timelines of a mother (1940s Hollywood) and daughter (1970s NYC). It’s full of twists and turns and could easily be made into a movie. Honestly, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. I have since shared it with others who feel the same. She has written other books and won the Massachusetts Book Award Fiction Honor for Leaving Coy’s Hill.
Her presentation at the Beauport was entertaining and informative. There was a crowd of about 35 people in attendance in one of the lovely ballrooms. She presented some notes about her writing process (my favorite part of author talks) and background on the story. The premise is based on her own mother’s history and her speculation about “What If?”. It’s very intriguing and I recommend the book as well as the Beauport Fireside Chats. I understood the next one to be Mon May 15 presented by Maritime Gloucester. These chats are also sponsored by the Gloucester 400+ and well worth considering. Further information here. Hoping to see you there Monday May 15!