Trial by Family
Saturday, October 5, 5pm
Trial by Family tells the story of need, greed, love, and money––part family saga, part legal drama.
Alvin Segal, desperate for a little peace, transfers a huge sum to his second wife. His grown children discover that the transaction jeopardizes the entire estate plan. The ensuing inheritance battle goes all the way to a jury trial, transforming everyone involved. TRIAL BY FAMILY combines compelling relationships, dark humor, and intense courtroom drama. The sibling protagonists must earn a genuine adulthood, as they publicly defend themselves against their stepmother, who plots to assure that this widowhood reaps more than her previous two. Told from multiple points of view, including the wise housekeeper, estranged sisters, and dueling lawyers, TRIAL BY FAMILY tackles what families leave, inherit, and must let go.
Roselee Blooston is a writer, actress, teacher, and arts administrator whose works for the stage have been widely produced, and whose fiction and essays have appeared in print and online magazines, and in anthologies. She is the author of Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, published by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland in October 2016, and which is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Winner in the category of Grief/Grieving-Adult Nonfiction, and a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist in the category of memoir. Her novel, Trial by Family, also by Apprentice House Press, was published in October 2019.
ADVANCE PRAISE for TRIAL BY FAMILY includes:
“A family and step-family struggle worthy of Shakespeare, a tense courtroom drama, unforgettable characters…Trial by Family kept me up all night! Roselee Blooston is a novelist to follow for years to come.”
––Alice Elliott Dark, author of In the Gloaming
“Roselee Blooston puts characters on the page that are as real and raw as you or I. Trial by Family pairs a trio of adult siblings and their aging father with one heckuva antagonist…Blooston allows the reader a kind of literary eavesdrop, an intimate peek at a battle no neighbor could keep from opening the window to overhear… Then, with kindness and wisdom, she gives us hope that we would do as well.”
––Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow and Wicked River