Tonight we welcome another fine writer with a background in nursing. Jennie Melamed, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in working with traumatized children, reads tonight from her first novel, Gather the Daughters (Little, Brown). In Gather the Daughters, ten men and their families build a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Though only chosen male descendents are allowed to venture outside the community, some young wives-in-training begin to question and rebel against their masters.
“Melamed is a masterful writer, and she establishes a hauntingly vivid atmosphere.... This is a haunting work in the spirit of The Handmaid's Tale--but Melamed more than holds her own. Hopefully, her debut is a harbinger of more to come. Fearsome, vivid, and raw: Melamed's work describes a world of indoctrination and revolt." - Kirkus Reviews.