Join Stephen P. Kiernan to celebrate his new novel, The Baker's Secret, enjoy light refreshments, and raise money for HOPE's food shelf.
Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Vermont Book Shop
This event is a fundraiser for the HOPE’s Food Shelf. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to HOPE and we will collect donations that evening.
Set in Normandy just before D-Day, The Baker’s Secret is a story of French resistance. While La Résistance is present in the periphery of its telling, Kiernan’s focus is on the small but courageous acts of individual villagers, mostly on one another’s behalf. At the center is Emma, a 22-year old baker, whose primary responsibility under German occupation is to bake bread for the Nazi officers quartered nearby. Her flour rations are enough for the dozen loaves demanded each day, but Emma discovers that she can stretch her batch to fourteen if she mixes in some finely milled straw, allowing her to feed her neighbors. Emboldened by her successful deception, Emma expands her repertoire of cunning and empowers her fellow villagers to find ways to sustain themselves until their liberators arrive.
Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He spent more than twenty years as a journalist, winning numerous awards for excellence in the field, before turning to fiction writing. The Baker's Secret is his third novel.