The Ivy is looking forward to welcoming Shawn Nocher for the launch of her new novel, The Precious Jules! Join us for a wonderful evening of conversation and community in celebration. Elise Levine will join Shawn in conversation.
The Precious Jules examines the thin line between selfishness and what passes for love. This family story asks what is best for one child in light of what is perceived as the greater good, and just what is the collective legacy of buried family secrets, shame, and helplessness. The Precious Jules is a deeply felt family narrative that will make you fall in love with these flawed but imperfect characters standing on the threshold of an awakening they never expected.
Shawn Nocher teaches in the masters of arts writing program at Johns Hopkins University, has given wings to two children, and lives with her husband and an assortment of sassy rescue animals in Baltimore, Maryland, where she writes in a room of her own.
Elise Levine is the author of the recently published Say This, as well as the story collection This Wicked Tongue, the novels Blue Field and Requests and Dedications, and the story collection Driving Men Mad. Her work has appeared in publications including Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Gettysburg Review, and has appeared four times in Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Baltimore, MD, and teaches in the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.