Join us at That Book Store for a delicious deli-style lunch with Serena Burdick to celebrate the publication of her newest book, The Girls With No Names.

Tickets are $26.00 and include a signed copy of The Girls With No Names and lunch with Serene Burdick.

The Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric historical novel of secrets, deception, and sisterhood, as one sister goes missing and her younger sister hatches an audacious plan to be admitted to the House of Mercy, a home for wayward girls, risking everything to bring her older sister home.

Despite how inseparable they are, the Tildon sisters could not be more different. Luella is the brave older sister, who at 16 is more interested in making friends with gypsies than practicing ballet. Effie, is the quieter younger sister, who at 13 is content to write stories and daydream about the future. Effie was born with a heart defect and each year she lives is seen as an accomplishment by everyone except Luella, who understands Effie’s strength, despite her small frame.

It’s the summer of 1913, and there is unrest at the Tildon residence. When the girls accidentally discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella becomes embolden to do as she pleases, including giving up ballet and her parents’ dream of her being a professional dancer. But her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone. Without a note or trace of her sister’s whereabouts, Effie suspects their father has made good on his threat to send Luella to the House of Mercy, a work house for wayward girls, and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. However, her plan falls short when she realizes Luella isn’t there and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s escape seems impossible — unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on each other and their friendship to survive.

With rich historical detail, a charismatic cast of characters, and gorgeous prose, The Girls with No Names is a compulsive, heartwarming read that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives – and secrets – of the girls who stayed there.

Serena Burdick graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. Author of GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON, she lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

The lunch options will be catered by Brookside Bagels.

Veg Out

An all-vegetable all healthy wrap with shredded lettuce, tomato, onions, black olives, roasted red peppers, hummus, and feta cheese with either Italian or Ranch dressing.

BBQ Ranch Chicken

Grilled buffalo style chicken breast, grilled onions, melted cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, Ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.

Grilled Chicken Wrap

A grilled piece of chicken, mixed greens, herb mayo, Muenster cheese.