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Author Talk with Karen Brooks | The Good Wife of Bath

Please join us for a discussion and Q & A with author Karen Brooks, and her book The Good Wife of Bath! Registration is required. Please register below by Tuesday, May 24th.

We've partnered with the Friends of the library and Savoy Bookshop. To purchase a signed copy of her book please click here, or mention the Westerly Library in-store.

About the book:

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A retelling of Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath” from The Canterbury Tales, after being married off at aged twelve to an elderly farmer, brazen, redheaded Eleanor quickly realizes it won’t matter what she says or does, God is not on her side—or any poor woman’s for that matter. But then again, Eleanor was born under the joint signs of Venus and Mars, giving her both passion and courage.

Aided by an innate gift for business (and a surprisingly kind husband), Eleanor manages to turn her first marriage into success, and she rises through society from a cast-off farm girl to a woman of fortune who becomes a trusted friend of the social-climbing poet Geoffrey Chaucer. But more marriages follow—some happy, some not—several pilgrimages, many lovers, murder, mayhem, and many turns of fortune’s wheel as Eleanor pursues the one thing that all women want: control of their own lives.

About Karen Brooks:

Karen Brooks is the author of fourteen books. She was an academic for over 20 years, a newspaper columnist and social commentator. She has a Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies and has published internationally on all things popular culture, education and social psychology. An award-winning teacher, she's taught throughout Australia and in The Netherlands. Nowadays, she finds greatest contentment studying history and writing in Hobart, Tasmania.

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