Helen Klein Ross is a multi-talented writer. Her poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel was Making It: A Novel of Madison Avenue and her new novel is, What Was Mine and has already been chosen by People magazine as a Best New Book of 2016.
What Was Mine tells the story of Lucy Wakefield—a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades.
When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.
Helen Ross Klein will be on the Saturday Fiction Panel at the Woodstock Writer’s Festival.