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An Evening with Janet Benton!

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Submitted by kmorrison37 on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 7:28pm

The Newtown Bookshop and the Free Library of Northampton Township present an Evening with Janet Benton, author of "Lilli de Jong" on September 25th at 7:00pm!   Please join us for a Book Talk and Reading followed by a book signing!  All are invited to this Free Event!

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Philadelphia, 1883. Twenty-three-year-old Lilli de Jong is pregnant and alone—abandoned by her lover and banished from her Quaker home. She gives birth at a charity for wronged women, planning to give up the baby. But the power of their bond sets her on a completely unexpected path. Unwed mothers in 1883 face staggering prejudice, yet Lilli refuses to give up her baby girl. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep the two of them alive. 

Lilli confides this story to her diary as it unfolds, taking readers from a charity for unwed mothers to a wealthy family’s home and onto the streets of a burgeoning American city. Her story offers a rare and harrowing view into a time when a mother’s milk is crucial for infant survival. Written with startling intimacy and compassion, this accomplished novel is both a rich historical depiction and a testament to the saving force of a woman’s love. 



Janet Benton began writing early and has worked hard to give books a central place in her life. She grew up in a small town in Connecticut and skipped eighth grade to travel the world with her working-artist mother. She holds an M.F.A. in English/fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. A. in religious studies from Oberlin College. After working at magazines, newspapers, and publishers, running an editorial business, and teaching writing at four universities and privately, she began The Word Studio ( to focus on working with writers.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upp
Richboro, PA 18954
Lilli de Jong: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563327
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2018

Library Journal Best Historical Fiction 2017

“A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history—a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies.”
—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet