novelist Sonja Yoerg interviewed by Holly Robinson

Sonja Yoerg, author of the just released "All the Best People" will sit down with Holly Robinson to discuss their latest work and the challenges of being a woman writer today, 

Sonja Yoerg grew up in Stowe, Vermont, where she financed her college education by waitressing at the Trapp Family Lodge. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and studied learning in blue jays, kangaroo rats and spotted hyenas, among other species.  Currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, she has 2 previous novels, Housebroken and Middle of Somewhere.  Her writing has been variously described as "action-packed"  "heart-tugging"  "gorgeous" and "..a mesmerizing read."

Of All the Best People" critics and authors have said,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Not just the best people, but real people: authentic, quirky and troubled. I cared for them all."   Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room and The Sleepwalker                           “Yoerg spins the story of a family on the brink of collapse—writing with tenderness, grace, and truth.”   Randy Susan Meyers, author of Accidents of Marriage                                                                      “Deftly and with the delicate brush of a master, Yoerg draws us into this brilliant, multi-generational saga of love, madness, mysticism and the markings they leave on a family.”  Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Holly Robinson has said "“In her gripping new novel, All the Best People, Sonja Yoerg delivers the powerful story of a family whose legacy of mental illness and betrayals nearly destroys them. Along the way, she illustrates a time in our country's recent history when mental asylums engaged in dubious practices and when race and poverty served as a permanent wedge between people in the same small town. Yoerg's writing keeps us on a high wire of tension as we seek salvation and hope alongside her characters. The lessons in this novel resonate long after the book is finished.”

Holly Robinson is the very sucessful bestselling local author who lives right here in Rowley. Publishing with Penguin/Random House, her first book was a hilarious, poignant memoir, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter in 2010. All her following novels have local settings and national sales, including The Wishing Hill, Beach Plum Island, Chance Harbor, Haven Lake, and Folly Cove. They are all Jabberwocky favorites.  She writes a popular blog about the writer's life, "Writer and Red Dirt Rambler" 

Event date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jabberwocky Bookshop
at the Tannery, 50 Water St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
All the Best People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399583490
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017