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Janet Benton Presents Her New Novel, LILLI DE JONG, Sunday, June 11 at 3 pm





Lilli de Jong is the story of a young unwed mother in 19th-century Philadelphia. Exiled from her Quaker family and community, Lilli keeps her baby, facing all the material difficulties and social ostracism her decision brings with it.

"Benton's heartrending debut novel gives voice to the plight of unwed mothers in late-19th-century Philadelphia. . . . the book offers a distressing window into the intersections of motherhood, independence, faith, and class at a time when even affluent white women had little control over their lives..."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A stunning ode to motherhood. Lilli de Jong reminds us that there is no formula to being a good mother. Love is the essential ingredient, and only it gives everlasting life to our legacies. A debut of robust heart that will stay with me for a very long time."
-Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker's Children

Event date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Broadside Bookshop
LILLI de Jong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385541459
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nan A. Talese - May 16th, 2017