The Book of Essie

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Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525436072
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About the Author

MEGHAN MACLEAN WEIR was raised in the rectory of her father's church in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and later moved with her family to Buffalo, New York. Her memoir, Between Expectations Lessons from a Pediatric Residency, chronicles her years in training at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. She continues to live and work as a physician in the Boston area. This is her first novel.

Reviews

"I was immediately captivated by The Book of Essie, a unique and moving story about a young woman whose life has been hijacked by fame, family and faith--and her spectacular, surprising plot to take it back." -Vanessa Diffenbaugh, bestselling author of The Language of Flowers and We Never Asked for Wings

"Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous -- and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising." --Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant

"A page-turning tale." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Weir does a fine job of portraying Essie initially as a teen whose mindset is reflexively strategic, and increasingly as a young woman with an elegant intelligence and a beating and quite breakable heart." --WBUR

"The youngest daughter of an Evangelical preacher-turned-reality TV star hatches a plan to wrangle her freedom--and expose the dark truth about her family--in Weir's debut novel... Deeply sympathetic... well-paced... and the unexpected tenderness between Essie and Roarke gives the novel genuine emotional punch." --Kirkus

"Topical... Essie's father may be a famous evangelical preacher, but her ruthless mother, Celia, runs the family empire from behind the scenes. When her family discovers Essie is pregnant, it's decided that she should marry, but whom?... Weir's narrative features some finely nuanced characters... An incisive novel." --Publishers Weekly

"A resourceful, resilient teen heroine is at the heart of Meghan MacLean Weir's propulsive debut novel... Weir, a doctor whose first book was a memoir about her pediatric residency, doles out the details of Essie's past slowly but steadily, gaining a momentum that keeps the pages turning... Weir is also adept at using the language of evangelical life, lending an authenticity that takes the book beyond a Duggar-family pastiche. The tentative trust that grows between Essie and Roarke gives The Book of Essie emotional depth, and the questions at its center have a surprising moral weight. Readers will root for Essie through every twist and turn of her story." --Trisha Ping, BookPage

"A gripping page-turner." --Bustle