Author Meg Tilly in Houston

23 February 2010
Author Meg Tilly will be in Houston this week doing readings and signings of her book Gemma. The dates and addresses are below. Please note that these events are not appropriate for children under the age of 15.

February 24
Central Library
6 p.m. reading and signing
500 McKinney
Houston, TX

February 25
McGovern-Stella Link
Neighborhood Library
6 p.m. reading and signing
7405 Stella Link
Houston, TX

Praise for Gemma:

“Tilly achieves moments of raw beauty and genuine fierceness…” — Booklist

“Tilly… successfully captures Gemma’s wounded voice. The story is told from the point
of view of both Gemma and her captor, and Tilly is equally proficient at conjuring up a
revolting and consummately villain.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Never had I read a book on this subject that so effectively captures both the psychology
of the abusive relationship along with the social systems that work both to help and
hinder the victim.” — Susan Sarandon

Gemma is a 12-year-old girl who loves school and her pet turtle Boxcar Julie. But she is also
a girl whose mother’s boyfriend has secretly abused for years. Now he’s pimped Gemma out
for $100 to his friend Hazen Wood, who throws her in the trunk of his car and then rapes her
repeatedly during a cross country trek. A monster who is convinced that Gemma loves him,
Hazen will stop at nothing to possess her. Gemma tells herself that if Boxcar Julie can
survive in the pocket of her jeans, so will she. And with a remarkable resilience that you will
never forget, she does.

About the Author

Meg Tilly is the author of Singing Songs, First Time, and Porcupine, a children's book. An accomplished actress, Tilly is best known for her role as Chloe in “The Big Chill” and the title role in “Agnes of God,” for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1986, as well as an Oscar nomination. For more information, please visit


1 comment:

lynette355 said...

that sounds like a really good read to me...of course I love conflict stories. Let me know if you get it?