Book Signing with Marie Bostwick, author of “Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly”

june, 2023

17jun3:00 pmFeaturedBook Signing with Marie Bostwick, author of "Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly"Hickory Stick Bookshop3:00 pm Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793

Event Details

The Hickory Stick Bookshop welcomes back NY Times bestselling author and perennial fan favorite Marie Bostwick who will be signing copies of her new book “Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly” on Saturday, June 17 at 3 pm.


From the author of “The Restoration of Celia Fairchild”, comes a novel about the meaning of family and the places we call home. If you love “southern summer” fiction authors like Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey you’ll love this delicious novel about family, friendship, and finding your true path in life.

Esme Cahill thinks she has failed spectacularly: fired from her New York City publishing job, divorced from her husband, and possessing little more than a broken-down car and a pile of unfinished manuscripts, she drives home to Asheville at the request of her late grandmother, Adele, who had begged her, just before she died, to return to the place she grew up.

There she discovers the once-charming lakeside retreat run by her family is sliding toward financial ruin, so with the help of her grandfather, George; estranged mother, Robyn; and a travelling chef Dawes (maker of the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich) they set to work. In the attic, Esme unearths a trove of museum-worthy art quilts, sewn by Adele. Piecing together the inspiration behind them, Esme discovers a forgotten chapter in her family history and her grandmother’s untold story, that of a gifted artist who never received her due.

This is an always-emotional, sometimes humorous, very human novel of what it means to be family–the ties that bind us together and the unintentional hurts that can rend us apart. And, along the way, Esme learns that failure can be the first step toward the life you’re meant to find.


When not curled up with a good book, Marie Bostwick can usually be found in her office, trying to write one. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nineteen uplifting works of historical and contemporary fiction, Marie’s books are beloved by readers across the globe. Marie lives in Oregon with her husband and a beautiful but moderately spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. When not writing books, she enjoys quilting, hiking, cooking, and creating posts on her lifestyle blog, Fiercely Marie. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and conferences.


“With warmth, heart and hilarity, Marie Bostwick dazzles with a story about taking risks and letting go of the past to make way for the future of her dreams.” — Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author, on The Restoration of Celia Fairchild

“With gorgeous writing, Marie Bostwick has hit new heights with this surprising story of one woman’s redemption. The Restoration of Celia Fairchild is wise, witty, and utterly compelling.” — Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

“Marie Bostwick is my go-to author for feel-good novels. Her writing is always powerful, inspiring, and uplifting.” — Robyn Carr

“Bostwick once again expertly writes on themes of finding your own path, healing relationships, and living a life you love.” — Booklist

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of “Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly” by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525, or shop our website 24/7 at


(Saturday) 3:00 pm


Hickory Stick Bookshop

2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793