Thank you to Boston Herald Radio and to Andrew Jacob Schneider the show’s Producer. It was such a great interview. Afterward, Andrew was kind enough to give me a tour of the newsroom floor and the archives (where I completely geeked out). Andrew, I have job envy!
I was at the Herald to discuss my latest novel, The Castoff Children, which takes place in Boston. The year is 1850. The Revolutionary War has long since come to an end and the industrial revolution is beginning to build steam, overturning the old ways of home and hearth as it gains momentum. In a desperate hour, in the back alleys of Boston, a group of twelve castoff children come together to care for each other. Plagued by the unanswered questions surrounding their past and grief for loved ones lost, the children attempt to come to terms with the bitter truths that have defined their life thus far. Feeling forsaken, faced with prejudice, hostile gangs and in the hardest winter on record, the children find themselves on the ragged edge. Until a series of mysterious events begin taking place, making them feel that they are not as alone and helpless as they might have thought.