Jael McHenry will discuss and sign her acclaimed first novel at local bookshop.
Online PR News – 30-June-2011 – – Arlington, VA – Debut novelist and former DC area resident Jael McHenry will be appearing at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, July 16th at 2 pm. She will be reading from and signing copies of her book, "The Kitchen Daughter," which was recently published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster and has been named a “Tantalizing Beach Read” at Oprah.com.
Praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a touching tale about loss and grief, love and acceptance, "The Kitchen Daughter" is an utterly original, page-turning debut about a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome who discovers she can invoke ghosts by cooking from dead people's recipes. When Ginny Selvaggio’s parents unexpectedly pass away, she seeks comfort in her family’s recipes and inadvertently draws a visitor into her home.
As if a haunted kitchen isn’t enough of a challenge, Ginny’s overbearing sister Amanda insists on selling their parents house – the only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up, Ginny stumbles across family mysteries and struggles to solve them the only way she can – by cooking from her family recipes and raising ghosts.
A mesmerizing portrait of a woman living with Asperger’s, "The Kitchen Daughter" also features 10 original recipes incorporated into the story, each hand-written to reflect the character who “wrote” it. Like other evocative food fiction such as Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake or Laura Esquivel’s Like Water For Chocolate, it is not to be read on an empty stomach.
A 10-year resident of Washington, DC who is now based in New York City, McHenry is a passionate home cook who blogs about food and cooking at simmerblog.com. Her work has appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Indiana Review, and the Graduate Review at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. "The Kitchen Daughter" is her first novel.
One More Page Books, a local independent bookshop, is located in The WestLee building at 2200 North Westmoreland Street in Arlington, VA, and carries more than 6,000 quality titles for adults and children, wine, chocolates, greeting cards and featured art products by local artists. Operating hours are from 10 am – 8 pm on Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday. More information can be found on the store’s website, www.onemorepagebooks.com, and on the store’s blog, http://onemorepagebooks.blogspot.com/ as well as on Twitter and Facebook.