The Nine

A Novel

Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 10/05/2019
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Author Biography

Jeanne Blasberg is the award-winning, bestselling author of Eden and The Nine. Her debut novel, Eden (She Writes Press 2017), is the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. The Nine was released in August 2019 by She Writes Press, and is the Gold Winner of the 2019 Foreward Indies Award for Thriller & Suspense and the winner of the Beverly Hills Books Awards for Literary Fiction and Regional Fiction.

After graduating from Smith College, Jeanne embarked on a career in finance. Even as she worked primarily with numbers, she always had an interest in writing. She made stops on Wall Street, Macy’s, and wrote case studies at Harvard Business School before turning seriously to fiction. She has kept a journal throughout her life, eventually taking inspiration from her childhood writings to pen her first novel, Eden.

Jeanne is the founder of the Westerly Memoir Project and a board member of the Boston Book Festival. She is a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers, where is currently developing her third novel.

Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. They have three grown children and love to travel, hike, ski, and spend time on the water.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

The Nine: A Novel by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is an audio book with strong themes of family, parenting, domestic relationships and coming-of-age. The birth of Sam is the best thing that ever happened to Hannah Webber, something she considers miraculous, and that is why she devotes her life to raising this baby. Sam becomes the center of her life until he attends Dunning, one of the best New England boarding schools at the age of fourteen. It is natural for the young Sam to revel in his new-found freedom, away from a strict and dedicated mother. But his life takes a drastic turn when, one night, he discovers that sexual misconduct is a reality in his school. Can he find inner peace with the growing consciousness of this discovery?

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg has written a book that brilliantly captures the dynamics of the relationship between mother and son while exploring the deep questions of life. The narrative is done in a compelling voice and I enjoyed how the author captures the sense of womanhood in Hannah Webber’s emotions. The theme of parenting dominates the story and it gives a realism that makes for a great read. Many female readers, especially mothers, can identify with this character. Her thoughts, fears, and sense of purpose reflect the reality of a mother’s world.

The Nine: A Novel is emotionally and psychologically rich, with characters that are elaborately developed. The audio is neatly done by performers Ari Fliakos and Marnye Young, with clear narration that captures the pace of the story and allows the reader to identify the pauses, the intense moments, and the excitement it offers. An engaging story with a delightful denouement.