An emotionally charged, richly observed novel about a woman balancing the demands of motherhood and marriage with her own needs.
Maud is a talented garden historian and devoted mom to daughters Ella and Louise. Motivated to reignite her career and escape her troubled marriage, she accepts a summer job restoring the garden of a lush, 19th century estate in the Hudson Valley. Reveling in her work and temporary independence, Maud relishes her days in the sun. While waiting for her daughters to join her at the end of their school year, she strikes up a friendship with a coworker, archeologist Gabriel Crews. As the two share nightly dinners, their relationship grows more intimate, and Maud starts to imagine a future outside of her stiﬂing marriage. What happens next is a seismic shock that profoundly changes Maud’s life, as well as the lives of everyone she cares about.
Deeply moving and impossible to put down, Hedge is an unforgettable portrait of a woman’s longing to be a good mother while still answering the call of her soul and mind.
Jane Delury is the author of The Balcony, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short stories have appeared in Granta, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, Narrative, and other publications. Her awards include a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. A professor at the University of Baltimore, she teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts and directs the BA in English. Originally from Sacramento, CA, she now lives in Baltimore with her family.
Light refreshments will be served.
We will be featuring the botanical art of Mimi Kearns for the month of June. Ms. Kearns, who is the aunt of Jane Delury, will be joining us for this special event.
Mimi Kearns is a native Californian who has been painting for 25 years, first in oil and more recently, using watercolor. Mimi received her certification as a botanical artist from Filoli’s program six years ago.
She has exhibited her oil paintings in galleries nationally and museums in California as well as a show in Barcelona, Spain.
She is currently a member of the Los Gatos Art Association, the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California.