The fourth book from Park Road Publishing, by author Mary Swigonski.


On the eve of Joan Zatańczy 21st birthday, her mother gives Joan a sack of letters from Eleanor Roosevelt. The letters inspire Joan—she finds a topic for her senior thesis, meaning and purpose for her life, and the determination to meet Mrs. Roosevelt.

The story unfolds in letters to Joan’s best friend, Yanina, an Israeli kibbutznick. Those letters tell the story of Joan’s loss of innocence (her college advisor seduces her), and her growing conflicts (she discovers she is pregnant, files a paternity suit, and faces a threat of dismissal from the college).

After Joan’s graduation from Barnard, she discovers a family secret, and comes to appreciate the importance of the letters from Mrs. Roosevelt in bolstering the strength and resilience of her character.


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