About the Book: Beginning in 1950s small-town America, THE DAUGHTERS OF ERIETOWN follows Ellie and Brick, two teenagers in love, and their daughter Samantha. As a basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. However, when Ellie learns she is pregnant with Samantha, Brick gets a union card instead and Ellie gives up her dream of nursing school. Nearly twenty years later, Brick and Ellie insist Samantha attend college but force her to turn down a full scholarship to Smith College.
As the role of women evolves over the next five decades, the frustrations of deferred dreams and unmet desires for sex, love, identity, and meaningful work engulf their lives, revealing the secrets at the heart of a family.
About the Author: Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a professional-in-residence in the journalism school at Kent State University, her alma mater. She is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens and ...And His Lovely Wife. Schultz lives in Cleveland with her husband, Sherrod Brown, and their rescue dogs Franklin and Walter. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
About the Author/Interviewer: Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.