This is How It Begins By Joan Dempsey

Please join us on Thursday, October 12th @ 7pm for the Launch Party of Joan Dempsey's book, This is How it Begins!

When eighty-five-year-old art professor Ludka Zeilonka's grandson, Tommy, is among a group of gay teachers fired over concerns that they're silencing Christian kids in the classroom, Ludka is drawn into the political firestorm. As both sides battle to preserve their respective rights to free speech, the hatred on display raises the specter of her World War II past.



Selected Reviews: 

"Beautifully written, This Is How It Begins wrestles with the fundamental questions of our existence on this earth together. An ambitious and moving debut novel." --Lily King, author of the award-winning national bestseller Euphoria 

"Dempsey's fine first novel [is] notable for the evenhanded way it addresses hot-button issues. The result is a timely and memorable story." --Booklist 

"Into these tumultuous and politically polarized times comes a beautifully wrought novel that plumbs the roots of bigotry, hatred and intolerance. This Is How It Begins makes it clear that we have been down this road before and we ignore the lessons of history at our own peril. A riveting, immensely satisfying read." --Bill Lundgren, co-author of Becoming (Other)wise: Enhancing Critical Reading Perspectives 

"Joan Dempsey's debut novel is a compelling story that seems to rise out of the rancor of current national headlines about hate, bigotry, and intolerance. The story has deep roots in the darkness of the horrific persecution and betrayal of Jews during World War II. Twin story lines, then and now, illuminate how close we yet remain to the hellish cauldron that fear enflames." --Frank O. Smith, author of Dream Singer, a Bellwether Prize finalist 

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1 Monument Way
1 Monument
Portland, ME 04101
This Is How It Begins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631523083
Availability: On Our Shelves Now: Please call ahead to be sure inventory is not being held for other customers.
Published: She Writes Press - October 3rd, 2017