MONICA WOOD, AUTHOR OF
WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS: A MEMOIR FROM MEXICO, MAINE
TO SPEAK AT THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER
PORTLAND: “In Mexico, Maine, where I grew up, you couldn’t find a single Mexican.” So begins the prize-winning memoir by Maine author Monica Wood, When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir From Mexico, Maine, acclaimed and beloved by readers and critics around the country since its publication in 2012. Ms. Wood will discuss her work, the writing life and creativity in a talk at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sunday afternoon, October 27 at 2 o’clock.
A reader-reviewer for the Fairfield, CT, Public Library described When We Were the Kennedys as “an endearing memoir told from the voice of a nine-year-old girl. It is 1963 and the family patriarch is felled by a heart attack on his way to work at the local paper mill. Left behind are a mother and her four children, including a daughter with special needs.”
“The author writes beautifully of the bonds between families, neighbors and co-workers. Her Uncle Bob, a Catholic priest and her Mom’s youngest brother, does his best to be the man of the family even when he is so devastated by their loss. In this memoir you are transported back to the early 1960’s and what is was like to grow up during this time like reading Nancy Drew, riding your bike all over town, and making up games with neighborhood friends. It is also the story of a mill town and what happens when the plant is sold to outside entities with no ties to the town.”
When We Were The Kennedys won the 2012 May Sarton Award for the best memoir by a U.S. or Canadian woman; the 2013 Maine Literary Award for memoir; and was the runner-up for the New England Book Festival Award in Autobiography. It was a number-one best-seller in Maine and throughout New England and was selected for Oprah Magazine’s summer reading list, with that publication’s reviewer commenting “Monica Wood explores not only her family’s grief but also the national end of innocence. Braiding her own story of mourning together with the heartbreak all around her, Wood has written a tender memoir of a very different time.”
Admission to Ms. Wood’s talk is $5; free for Irish Heritage Center members.