Author, Maryann McFadden

Come to GAAMC to meet local, bestselling author, Maryann McFadden, as she tells us about her latest book, The Cemetery Keeper's Wife.  

Moving from Brooklyn at the age of 10, Maryann lived near Union Cemetery in Hackettstown.  She became intrigued by a monument inscribed "SHE DIED IN DEFENCE OF HER HONOR  APR. 8TH.1886; AGED 19 YEARS.------ERECTED BY AN APPRECIATIVE PUBLIC." A black and white picture of Tillie Smith is on the large gray tombstone with a tunic-clad goddess hanging a laurel wreath.  Maryann carried this image with her throughout her life, devoting the past five years to doing extensive research into this long-forgotten tale.
Maryann termed this the "OJ Simpson trial of the nineteenth century." Typically sensationalized, the notoriety of the trial often "loses" the victim. Maryann claims that Tillie was lost. Maryann will tell you much more about Tillie Smith and how she felt as if she was meant to write this novel in order to give Tillie a voice.

What happens when the line between the past and the present begins to blur…

Rachel Miller is on the cusp of a new life when she moves to Union Cemetery after marrying Adam, the 7th generation cemetery keeper. Though she’s known him only twelve weeks, his tender love seems like a miracle of fate after her years alone.

A series of uncanny coincidences linked to Tillie Smith follows her discovery of the monument erected in Tillie's honor, setting Rachel on a journey that grows into an obsession: Why did the murder of a poor kitchen maid at the local seminary become a national sensation? Why were people in town trying to keep her from finding the truth? But most disturbing of all, why was Tillie reawakening a past Rachel chose to bury long ago. A past that could threaten her marriage.

The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife poignantly blends fact and fiction as two women scarred by shame and separated by more than a century, reach across time to rewrite history.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with our weekly Open Talk discussion running from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  After a short intermission, Ms. McFadden will begin her presentation.  Copies will be available for sale, and we're pretty sure Ms. McFadden would be happy to sign your copy if you ask.

  • June 04, 2018 at 7:00pm – 10pm
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
    21 Normandy Heights Rd
    Morristown , NJ 07960
    United States
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  • Sherri Rase
    commented 2018-05-25 14:03:17 -0400
    Novels with local color encourage me to visit where they took place! Looking forward to getting my own autographed copy from Ms. McFadden in a week or so!
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