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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport

PSB: Jeanne Blasberg, author of 'Daughter of a Promise,' in conversation with Katherine A. Sherbrooke

Event Description

Grub Street and Porter Square Books are excited to welcome Jeanne Blasberg for the release of Daughter of a Promise! Writer Katherine A. Sherbrooke will join Blasberg in conversation.

Learn more and register here!

About Daughter of a Promise

Days after graduation, Betsabé Ruiz's life in New York is turning out to be nothing less than cinematic. Although her first job at a white-shoe, Wall Street investment bank is the opportunity of a lifetime, she is not prepared for the magnitude of wealth swirling about her, the long hours and close quarters that infuse her professional relationships with intimacy, nor an unexpected attraction to her boss. And like all great films, Betsabé's New York dream comes with a twist that challenges her to find a balance between where she came from and where she's going.

Narrated in the retrospective as a letter of wisdom to her unborn son, Daughter of a Promise captures not only Betsabé's coming of age but also her journey to understand that deep-seated forces such as desire and love are more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

About the Authors

Jeanne Blasberg is an award-winning author and essayist. Her novel, The Nine (SWP 2019) was honored with the 2019 Foreword Indies Gold Award in Thriller & Suspense, and the Gold Medal and Juror’s Choice in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards. Her debut, Eden (SWP 2017), won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Jeanne co-chairs the board of the Boston Book Festival and serves on the Executive Committee of GrubStreet, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers. When not in New England, she splits her time between Park City, UT, and growing organic vegetables in Verona, WI.

Katherine A. Sherbrooke is the author of a memoir and three novels: the New York Times notable Leaving Coy’s Hill, which was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award; Fill the Sky, the winner of a 2017 Independent Press Award and finalist for the May Sarton Award for Contemporary Fiction, and her newest novel, The Hidden Life of Aster Kelly, selected by PopSugar as the #1 Historical Novel for 2023. Her work has also appeared in Cognoscenti and Zibby Magazine. She served as Chair of the Board of GrubStreet from 2013-2023.


This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.

Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.