Meet Marie Benedict, lawyer and author of the new novel ‘Carnegie’s Maid’

Meet Marie Benedict, lawyer and author of the new novel ‘Carnegie’s Maid’

WESTERLY — What better way to highlight Women’s History Month than by attending an author talk with ​Marie Benedict about her new novel, “Carnegie’s Maid?”

Benedict is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, where her focus was on history and art history, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer – she has more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms – Benedict dreamed of a job where she would unearth the hidden historical stories of women. Her dream came true when she tried her hand at writing.

Benedict embarked on narratively connected series of historical novels with “The Other Einstein,” which tells the tale of Albert Einstein’s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. Now there is “Carnegie’s Maid.”

Her novel tells the mesmerizing tale of the woman who could have inspired an American dynasty. Clara Kelley, who has been hired as a lady’s maid in the household of business magnate Andrew Carnegie, is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She is a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home — if she can keep up the ruse. She may not have training as a proper lady’s maid, but what she does have is a resolve as strong as Pittsburgh steel.

Hear about Clara’s journey from the woman who created her on Wednesday, March 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. when Benedict comes to Savoy Bookshop and Café. The event is free, and the café will be open for the purchase of refreshments.

Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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