Grubbie Debut: Elizabeth de Veer with Jenna Blum, The Ocean in Winter

Join Porter Square Books and GrubStreet to celebrate the launch of The Ocean in Winter, the debut novel from GrubStreet member Elizabeth de Veer! Elizabeth will be joined in conversation by GrubStreet instructor Jenna Blum. This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast in partnership with Grubstreet.

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The lives of the three Emery sisters were changed forever when Alex, eleven at the time, found their mother drowned in the bathtub of their home. After their mother's suicide, the girls' father shut down emotionally, leaving Alex responsible for caring for Colleen, then eight, and little Riley, just four. Now the girls are grown and navigating different directions. Alex, a nurse, has been traveling in India and grieving her struggle to have a child; Colleen is the devoted mother of preteens in denial that her marriage is ending; and Riley has been leading what her sisters imagine to be the dream life of a successful model in New York City. Decades may have passed, but the unresolved trauma of their mother's death still looms over them, creating distance between the sisters.

Then, on a March night, a storm rages near the coast of northeastern Massachusetts. Alex sits alone in an old farmhouse she inherited from a stranger. The lights are out because of the storm; then, an unexpected knock at the door. When Alex opens it, her beautiful younger sister stands before her. Riley has long been estranged from their family, prompting Colleen to hire the private investigator from whom they'd been awaiting news. Comforted by her unexpected presence, Alex holds back her nagging questions: How had Riley found her? Wouldn't the dirt roads have been impassable in the storm? Why did Riley insist on disappearing back into the night?

After her mysterious visitation, Alex and Colleen are determined to reconcile with Riley and to face their painful past, but the closer they come to finding their missing sister, the more they fear they'll only be left with Riley's secrets. An unforgettable story about grief, love, and what it means to be haunted, The Ocean in Winter marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in fiction.

Elizabeth de Veer has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been admitted to writing residencies at the Jentel Artist Residency, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a member of several writing groups, including Grub Street Writers’ Collective of Boston, the Newburyport Writers’ Group, Sisters in Crime New England, and the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. She lives in a small town in Northeast Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers,and The Lost Family; the novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central; and memoir Woodrow on the Bench, about her senior black Lab and what his last seven months taught her, available from Harper Collins on October 26, 2021. Jenna is one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers and cofounder/CEO of literary social media marketing company A Mighty Blaze. Jenna is also a professional public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to speak about her work; she has visited over 800 book clubs in the Boston area alone! Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her M.A. in Creative Writing at Boston University, was the fiction editor for AGNI Literary Magazine, and has taught writing and novel workshops at Grub Street Writers for 20+ years. For more information about Jenna, please visit her website,, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

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The Ocean in Winter By Elizabeth de Veer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982674649
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - July 6th, 2021