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Bestselling historical fiction author Stephanie Dray joins us to discuss her newest novel, Becoming Madam Secretary, a captivating and dramatic story about American heroine Frances Perkins, who took on titans, battled generals, and changed the world as we know it. A completely in-depth and vivid portrait of an indomitable figure from our history, Becoming Madam Secretary is the perfect read for any historical fiction fans. 

Raised on tales of her revolutionary ancestors, Frances Perkins arrives in New York City at the turn of the century, armed with her trusty parasol and an unyielding determination to make a difference. When she’s not working with children in the crowded tenements in Hell’s Kitchen, Frances throws herself into the social scene in Greenwich Village, befriending an eclectic group of politicians, artists, and activists, including the millionaire socialite Mary Harriman Rumsey, the flirtatious budding author Sinclair Lewis, and the brilliant but troubled reformer Paul Wilson, with whom she falls deeply in love.

But when Frances meets a young lawyer named Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a tea dance, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. She thinks he’s a rich, arrogant dilettante who gets by on a handsome face and a famous name. He thinks she’s a priggish bluestocking and insufferable do-gooder. Neither knows it yet, but over the next twenty years, they will form a historic partnership that will carry them both to the White House.

Frances is destined to rise in a political world dominated by men, facing down the Great Depression as FDR’s most trusted lieutenant—even as she struggles to balance the demands of a public career with marriage and motherhood. And when vicious political attacks mount and personal tragedies threaten to derail her ambitions, she must decide what she’s willing to do—and what she’s willing to sacrifice—to save a nation.

Stephanie Dray is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into many languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. She lives in Maryland with her husband, cats, and history books.

Monday, April 8, 2024 - 7:00pm
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Plainville, MA 02762
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Becoming Madam Secretary By Stephanie Dray Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593437056
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Published: Berkley - March 12th, 2024

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ISBN: 9780063310568
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 8th, 2023

America's First Daughter: A Novel By Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062347268
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 1st, 2016