Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz, in conversation with WOSU’s Ann Fisher, as she launches her debut novel, The Daughters of Erietown, a powerful story about hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family and for their dreams.
WOSU Public Media and Mills James Productions are Gramercy’s Community Partners for Schultz’s exclusive Columbus appearance. Tickets at $35 are available on Eventbrite and each ticket includes a copy of The Daughters of Erietown with a signed bookplate, available at Gramercy Books. The program will be live streamed and hosted on Zoom.
For nearly two decades, Connie Schultz has charmed readers with her nationally syndicated column and her two critically acclaimed non-fiction books Life Happens and …And His Lovely Wife. Critics have celebrated her work, describing it as “evocative” (The Providence Journal), “engaging” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “intelligent and affecting” (Publishers Weekly). Now she has turned her eye to fiction, releasing her heartfelt debut, The Daughters of Erietown (Random House, on sale June 9, 2020).
The story begins in1950s small-town America and it follows two teenagers, Ellie and Brick, in love, with big dreams until Ellie gets pregnant. Brick is a basketball star with the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. Instead, he gets a union card and Ellie gives up her dream of nursing school. Nearly twenty years later, Brick and Ellie insist their daughter, 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 this family.
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 lives in Cleveland with her husband, Sherrod Brown, and their rescue dogs Franklin and Walter. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Ann Fisher is the executive producer and host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU 89.7 NPR news. She joined the WOSU Public Media team in 2009 after nearly thirty years in the newspaper business where she covered politics, public affairs, culture, media, and business. A native of Michigan, Ann is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Journalism.