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Virtual Author Talk with Patricia Walsh Chadwick

Please join us for our first ever virtual author talk with local author Patricia Chadwick Walsh Thursday, June 18th at 6PM. She will be discussing her book Little Sister: A Memoir, followed by a Q&A. Registration is required please email


About the book:  

Imagine an eighteen-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An eighteen-year-old-girl who has never danced—and this in the 1960s.
It is in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest, has founded a religious community called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center’s members—many of them educated at Harvard and Radcliffe—surrender all earthly possessions and aspects of their life, including their children, to him. Patricia Chadwick was one of those children, and Little Sister is her account of growing up in the Feeney sect.
Separated from her parents and forbidden to speak to them, Patricia bristles against the community’s draconian rules, yearning for another life. When, at seventeen, she is banished from the Center, her home, she faces the world alone, without skills, family, or money but empowered with faith and a fierce determination to succeed on her own, which she does, rising eventually to the upper echelons of the world of finance and investing.

A tale of resilience and grace, Little Sister chronicles, in riveting prose, a surreal childhood and does so without rancor or self-pity.


This event is sponsored by the Friends of  Westerly Library & Wilcox Park.


"Little Sister a Memoir" by Patricia Walsh Chadwick is available for purchase through Savoy Bookshop and Café. Books that are pre-ordered or purchased on the day of the event from Savoy will include a signed book plate from Patricia.  To allow for customization of book plates all orders will be fulfilled within 5-7 business days following the event.  Savoy Bookshop offers curbside pickup, local delivery to the Westerly area, and free shipping to all other areas. Click here to purchase the book.

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