The Westport Woman's Club

April 2011


 

Author Jane Green Addresses the Westport Woman’s Club
 
Jane Green, the bestselling author of 12 novels, addressed the Westport Woman’s Club at their April Club Day luncheon.  Ms. Green, a Westport resident, shared some anecdotes about her life as a writer, and gave insight into the inspiration for her latest novel, “Promises to Keep.” 
 
Ms. Greens’ novels draw on themes from the experiences and people who decorate her life without being biographical.  “Promises to Keep” is built from her real life experience with a friend who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and the journey of friendship and personal growth she took with her during her illness. Ms. Green put aside much of her daily life to be there for her friend, doing everything from going to doctor appointments to cooking almost daily meals for her family.  It was an experience that brought her to understand that love is a verb.  “Loving requires acts of love.  Love is about showing and doing,“ said Ms. Green.  From this experience, she has crafted a novel that celebrates life. The story is punctuated with recipes from her personal collection that she prepared for her friends’ family.
 
20% of all royalties from “Promises to Keep” are being donated to City of Hope, a clinical research hospital whose mission is to bring the newest, most promising therapies to cancer treatments without delay.  “They are responsible for developing many of the most effective drugs and treatments available for cancer today,” shared Ms. Green.