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The Unlocked Path: How the secrets of our past can surprise, delight, educate, and inspire the writing of a novel

The Unlocked Path: How the secrets of our past can surprise, delight, educate, and inspire the writing of a novel

Celebrate International Women's Day with the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. We are pleased to welcome Janis Robinson Daly, author of The Unlocked Path, as she presents The Unlocked Path, An Examination and Celebration of Family History: How the secrets of our past can surprise, delight, educate, and inspire the writing of a novel. After discovering that her great-great grandfather was a founder of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Janis Robinson Daly was inspired to write The Unlocked Path. Balancing authenticity and rich historical detail with a flair to create emotional connections to fictional characters, she seeks to unearth the stories of women whose lives have remained in the shadows. Janis's presentation seamlessly weaves together women's history, geneology, and the process of writing and publishing a book. She will also be selling and signing her book after the presentation. 

Book Synopsis:

Meet a “New Woman” of the 20th century: educated, career-minded, independent Eliza Pearson Edwards. In 1897 Philadelphia, after witnessing her aunt's suicide, Eliza rejects her mother’s wishes for a society debut, and at a time when five percent of doctors are female, she enters a woman’s medical college. With the support of a circle of women and driven by a determination to conquer curriculum demands, battle sexism, and overcome doubts, Eliza charts her new life path. Combining science and sympathy, she triumphs to heal others and herself.

Organic Chemistry may slay her, if the strain of endless study, odoriferous labs, and gruesome surgeries don’t claim her first. As a young intern, she summons a forthright confidence asserting her abilities to those mistrustful of a woman doctor. Through her work with poverty-stricken patients, she defines her version of suffrage work to champion women’s rights for and beyond the right to vote. Love is found, love is lost. During a visit to the fairy-tale-like city of Newport, a new relationship may fulfill her desires. When global events devolve into chaos with the 1918 influenza pandemic and a world war, Eliza renews her vow to help and heal.

Learn more about Janis Robinson Daly here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Chadwick Auditorium
Helen Kate Furness Free Library
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