William Landay, author of New York Times best-selling novel Defending Jacob, will be in Brookline for the culminating event of “Brookline Reads,” the community’s popular town-wide celebration of books and reading.
On Wednesday March 12, Landay will speak about his novel, this year’s Brookline Read’s slection at the Brookline High School Auditorium in a program sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline.
A novel that writer Stephen King has called “the best courtroom drama in years” and Times critic Janet Maslin described as “an issue-oriented family implosion,” Defending Jacob tells the story of a 14-year old boy accused of murdering a classmate, and of his father, a successful district attorney, who is drawn into his defense.
Full of intriguing plot twists and shocking revelations, the book also asks its readers to face complex issues about mental health, morality, and the responsibilities of parents to their children and the broader society. As Mr. Landay said in a recent interview, “My real goal was to write a story that honors both the reader’s intellect and the desire to be entertained. My story gets at what it means to come to terms with parenting, growing up, and even one’s own childhood.”
Mr. Landay, like his protagonist, Andy Barber, a Yale and Boston College educated former prosecutor, will talk about how he became a novelist after many years of practicing law, and how he came to write Defending Jacob, set in Newton and featuring many local landmarks that make the story strike chillingly close to home.
Join William Landay and the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library for the grand finale of Brookline Reads 2014. Spend a rewarding “Evening with William Landay” on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 PM in the Brookline High School Auditorium. Mr. Landay has graciously offered to sign books at the event. Admission is free; doors open at 6:30.