Author With LBI Roots Is Special Guest at Luncheon May 17

By ERIC ENGLUND | Apr 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Ocean County Library Susannah Marren

Ship Bottom — Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of the Island Library author luncheon featuring Susannah Marren on Friday, May 17, at noon at the Bisque restaurant, 2020 Long Beach Blvd. in Ship Bottom. Marren is the pen name of gender and relationship expert Susan Shapiro Barash, a Long Beach Island native who will discuss her second novel, A Palm Beach Wife, where she has drawn a portrait of spousal loyalty, female rivalry and the complicated mother-daughter bond.

Tickets are $30 per person, and luncheon includes a choice of Chicken Française with roasted potatoes and green beans, or Vegetable Risotto; salad and dessert are included. Special diets can be accommodated. In addition, there will be a silent auction to benefit the Friends.

Marren will have books available for sale at the event for $17.99 each; they can be purchased with cash or check, no credit cards accepted. She will sign those purchased that day, as well as books brought to the event.

In her novel, Faith Harrison is the quintessential Palm Beach woman. She is a captivating beauty, ideal wife to Edward, her elegant, wealthy husband, and perfect mother to Katherine, her college-age daughter. In a town where affluence, privilege and glamour rule, Faith is respected and adored by women of all ages.

This seemingly perfect life begins to implode on the eve of the winter season, when Faith learns of her husband’s impending scandal. As this threatens to unravel her world, her own lifelong deception comes to light. Scrambling desperately to save her family, Faith must confront the haunting truth about what she left behind, her buried regret, and the demons that haunt her still. Amid the lush exterior and surreptitious interior, Marren creates intriguing characters, each invested in living the Palm Beach life, where the price of escape and the price of belonging are equally steep.

Reservations can be made at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. For more information, call Linda Feaster at 609-290-7734. E.E.

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