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Date:
July 24, 2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Details:
Chairs set for 50. TB
Location:
Whiton Room
Address:
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Contact:
Reference Desk: 781-741-1405 ext. 1404
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Evening with the Author: Maureen Stanton presents Body Leaping Backward

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

For Maureen Stanton’s proper Catholic mother, the town’s maximum security prison was a way to keep her seven children in line (“If you don’t behave, I’ll put you in Walpole Prison!"). But as the 1970's brought upheaval to America, and the lines between good and bad blurred, Stanton’s once-solid family lost its way. A promising young girl with a smart mouth, Stanton turns watchful as her parents separate and her now-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency—vandalism, breaking and entering—all while nearly erasing herself through addiction to angel dust.

Body Leaping Backwack is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be.