Wendy Woodfield & Ellen Meeropol

From the author of House Arrest and On Hurricane Island comes a thrilling new activist novel that begs the question, How far is too far?

He was nine when the vines first wrapped themselves around him and burrowed into his skin. Now a college botany major, Jeremy is desperately looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction. But when the grip of the vines becomes too intense and Health Services starts asking questions, he flees to Brooklyn, where fate puts him face to face with a group of climate-justice activists who assure him they have a plan to save the planet, and his plants. As the group readies itself to make a big Earth Day splash, Jeremy soon realizes these eco-terrorists devotion to activism might have him and those closest to him tangled up in more trouble than he was prepared to face. With the help of a determined, differently abled flame from his childhood, Zoe; her deteriorating, once rabble-rousing grandmother; and some shocking and illuminating revelations from the past, Jeremy must weigh completing his mission to save the plants against protecting the ones he loves, and confront the most critical question of all: how do you stay true to the people you care about while trying to change the world?

A literary late bloomer, Ellen Meeropol began seriously writing fiction in her fifties, but her first publications came much earlier. At age twelve, her essay, “I am a Square Dance Orphan,” was published in a national square dance magazine and she wrote a monthly feature column for her high school newspaper in the Washington, D.C. area. Ellen studied art at Earlham College and the University of Michigan. 

Moments in Time is a collection of fifty-nine short short nonfiction stories from Wendy Woodfield. Wendy, a passionate woman born in the 40s, tells some of her more intimate memories from childhood to present. Her depiction of her earliest memories, in some parts fragmented, show a free spirited child growing up in Wellesley, MA. While her memories of work, for underserved communities around the world, reveal a feisty social justice activist and principled young woman. She struggles to make sense of her marriage while grappling with a difficult mental illness, until she makes a decision that grants her a chance at freedom and yet leaves her more vulnerable than she was before. Wendy’s delicate but precise language forgives no one and shies away from nothing; these stories are at once comforting and revealing. No matter what age or your place in life, you will turn to the last page of Woodfield’s compelling and poignant stories only to consider the moments in your own life in a whole new light.


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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ISBN: 9781597093811
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Red Hen Press - April 4th, 2017