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Helen Klein Ross


Helen Klein Ross

Helen Klein Ross is a poet and novelist whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and in literary journals and anthologies. Her new novel, THE LATECOMERS, is a saga of five generations, set in an ancestral home in Connecticut where details of a death in 1926 are discovered when the house is renovated in 2016.

Her novel WHAT WAS MINE (Simon & Schuster, 2016) was chosen by People magazine as a “Best New Book of 2016.” Her first novel, MAKING IT: A Novel of Madison Avenue, was published as an e-book with a digital epilogue that provides links to online content where readers can find out what happens next in the life of each character.

Helen is the creator and editor of a poetry anthology published by Red Hen Press in October 2016. THE TRAVELER'S VADE MECUM is a compendium of new poems titled by old telegrams sourced from an 1853 book she discovered on Twitter. Contributors include Billy Collins and Frank Bidart.

Helen has long been interested in digital ways to tell stories. In her former life in advertising, she was the creator of an award winning ad blog (AdBroad) and the acclaimed Twitter handle @BettyDraper. Her channeling "Mad Men" characters to another platform was unofficial, but recognized by AMC and earned her invitations to speak at conferences (SXSWi, Digital Hollywood, STORYWORLD) and citations in books on new media entertainment including THE ART OF IMMERSION by Wired editor Frank Rose. She is an avid speaker on 21st century storytelling. Appearances include Duke and Columbia Universities.

Helen graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from The New School. She lives with her husband in New York City and Lakeville, CT.

Helen Klein Ross

Books by Helen Klein Ross

by Helen Klein Ross - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1908, 16-year-old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom. But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in a strange new world. Forced by circumstance to give up the baby for adoption, Bridey finds work as a maid for the Hollingworth family at a lavish, sprawling estate. She cares for the children as if they were her own, until a mysterious death changes Bridey and the household forever. For decades, the terrible secrets of Bridey's past continue to haunt the family. And in the present day, the youngest Hollingworth makes a connection that finally brings these dark ghost stories into the light.

by Helen Klein Ross - Adventure, Fiction, Parenting, Women's Fiction

 Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.