Friday, March 6, 2009

Talking with Juliette Fay

On Monday our book group had the wonderful opportunity to speak to Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me. Shelter Me is the story of Janie, a recent widow with two small children, and her struggle to move forward with the help of an unlikely group of family and friends. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and so did many of my fellow book clubbers. This is Juliette Fay's first book and she is a native of Massachusetts so we were very interested to talk with her.

There were some very interesting tidbits that came up in conversation. Juliette told us that Shelter Me was not the original title. Instead the original title was En Route, Will Advise and after it was changed she methodically went back throughout the book to add the word shelter to the text to make it more cohesive. The book takes place in Pelham, Massachusetts but it wasn't until after the book was published that she found out there was a real Pelham in Massachusetts.

It was a great conversation and I am very much looking forward to Juliette Fay's next book which she is currently working on. Next month, the book club will read The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant and chat with her as well.

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