Few writers have had more personal experience with holding on and letting go than bestselling author Joyce Maynard. Commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to write a cover story when she was still a freshman at Yale, she then dropped out to live with iconoclastic literary hermit J. D. Salinger. Over time, she bought a farmhouse in New Hampshire; reported for The New York Times; wrote a nationally syndicated column on families; married twice; moved to San Francisco; produced three memoirs, 10 novels, four children’s books and a true-crime thriller — and went back to Yale as a sophomore 48 years after she quit.
In her latest novel, Count the Ways, Maynard explores the struggle between the forces that connect and those that repel through the story of a marriage fractured by a horrific accident. In depicting a single family confronting the painful if essential truths of their past, she has produced an achingly poignant novel about home, love and forgiveness . . . of holding on and letting go.
Women on the Move: A Virtual Series
Temple Emanu-El’s Stettenheim Library is proud to present its fourth edition of Women on the Move, a series that welcomes female authors to discuss their latest work probing the intricacies of our lives.
The series will be moderated by Zibby Owens, writer and creator of the popular podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, one of O: The Oprah Magazine’s favorite book podcasts; journalist Jordana Horn, co-host of the Call Your Mother podcast and contributing editor at Kveller; and Marjorie Shuster, Coordinator of Literary Events at Temple Emanu-El.
Free (with option to buy the book)
Sponsored by The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Authors’ Series, honoring Theodore and Caroline Newhouse and Susan Newhouse