Main Library, Community Room

Nov 15

Fri 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The product of three decades of research, J.L. Rose's brilliant novel reveals the story (1587-1620), before the famous Atlantic crossing. Rich with details of 16th & 17th century England and Holland, the dramatic path to the Mayflower is illuminated, filled with risk and romance. Who will board the ship? Was it for love, land, or religious freedom?

A Massachusetts native, Jennifer Sinsigalli, pen name J.L. Rose, has called Duxbury home since 2015.  The mother of thirteen-year-old twin boys, and the wife of an Ocean Spray employee, her family was fortunate to have the chance to relocate to historic Duxbury, where she could work at Plimoth Plantation as a historic interpreter, and complete her extensively researched novel, Before the Mayflower.

Sinsigalli, a 1996 graduate of Williams College, had an interest in Dutch art and 17th Dutch history, after taking a course on this topic during her studies.  The cover of the book, a painting by Hendrick Avercamp from c.1608, Winter Landscape with Skaters, which hangs in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, beautifully captures the people of all classes from that period. The novel, although historic fiction, has been accepted as credible by some of the finest institutions in the world, and is being sold by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Pieterskerk in Leiden, and both Pilgrim Hall and Plimoth Plantation.  

You will not need to print or present a ticket of any kind. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the author*. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Westwood Public Library, and is free and open to all. 


*Keeping History Alive...Proceeds from this book will be donated to Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA) and The American Leiden Pilgrim Museum (Leiden, the Netherlands). Purchase is NOT required to attend event.