Bestseller Wood to speak at Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Monica Wood, the author of the bestselling “When We Were the Kennedys,” will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing regarding her new book, “The One-in-a-Million Boy.”

“The One-in-a-Million Boy” tells the story of Ona Vitkus, who is 104 years old, and an 11-year-old boy who comes into her life and changes everything. But one day, he doesn’t show up on her doorstep, and Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father, Quinn, arrives.

Christina Baker Cline, author of the bestselling “Orphan Train” said, “In ‘The One-in-a-Million Boy,’ Monica Wood tells a magical, beautifully written story about the healing power of friendship, music and unexpected, generation-spanning connections. As emotionally resonant as ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ this novel hums with energy, warmth, wisdom, humor and soul.” The Maine Sunday Telegram said, “Intricately woven … ‘The One-in-a-Million Boy’ is provocative, and it evokes Anthony Doerr’s ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ for its twin story lines and the theme of endless searching for an anchor point. The ending is a deeply affecting surprise.”

Wood is the author of six books, including “When We Were the Kennedys” as well as guides for writers and teachers. Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and have been featured on public radio. Her nonfiction has appeared in “Oprah,” the New York Times, “Martha Stewart Living,” “Parade” and other publications. Her recent play, “Papermaker,” enjoyed an extended debut run at Portland Stage in Portland. Visit

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].




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