On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Wilton Library will host Susan Conley, author of Elsey Come Home. The event will run from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of New Canaan's Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended. Click here or phone (203) 762-6334 to register.
The novel tells a heartfelt story of a woman’s identity crisis. Elsey, the protagonist, is desperately trying to balance motherhood, a career as a painter, her role as a wife, and a drinking problem she developed to help with her worries. Her husband gives her an ultimatum which sets Elsey on her personal journey.
Conley is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Conn. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.