Age Group:Ages 19+
F. Kennerly Clay, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, originally from Quantico, Maryland, and a graduate of James M. Bennett High School, will be at the Wicomico Library at 122 South Division Street, Salisbury, Maryland, on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. for an evening reading from her memoir, Letters from East of Nowhere - Daddy’s Words to Live, Drink & Die By, followed by a lively discussion on book themes, such as:
- Healing and forgiveness
- Alcoholism and recovery
- Family relationships
- Finding one’s voice through memoir writing
The book is a deeply personal tale about the consequences of a life free of commitments against a backdrop of wandering, music, and overindulgence. It was the free-spirited lifestyle romanticized in Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road that beckoned to Kennerly Clay’s father, which also led him to a lifetime of failed relationships, mishaps with the law, and a never-ending struggle with alcoholism. Aside from booze, his only constant was a passion for the written word, and throughout the years he sent letters, poetry, and expressions of his undying love for his children.
In the writing of Letters from East of Nowhere, Kennerly Clay has found her own voice, delivering a wonderfully honest reflection on life, on the passionate craziness of the Sixties, and on learning to love a man who would always choose alcohol over everything else.
F. Kennerly Clay has written for a myriad of U.S. magazines and newspapers. She is the co-author of The Buzz on Travel and an ebook Calling of Ancestors: Finding Forgotten Secrets in My DNA. Kennerly is currently working on a three-book Menopausal Woman’s Guide series to navigating midlife meltdowns and mania with verve. She resides with her husband and two sons outside of Philadelphia. Find her at kennerlyclay.com.