Sarai Walker, "The Cherry Robbers"

  Main Point Books & Blue Stoop: A Home for Philly Writers welcome Sarai Walker, author of "Dietland," and her new novel, "The Cherry Robbers." She'll be joined by special guest Emma Copley Eisenberg.

This is a live event at Calvary Community Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Registration is required via Eventbrite. The event is free - but of course we strongly encourage book sales to support this great new book!

The event site is in West Philadephia, in a beautiful old church/community center. There is street parking available, as well as easy public transit. The building has a life for wheelchairs/scooters. By request of the authors, masks will be required for all guests.

Books may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or through the link below.. Pre-purchased books will be brought to the event if you have also registered. Signed books purchased for mailing will be sent after June 7th. Books will also be for sale at the event.


About the Author

Sarai Walker is the author of "Dietland"(2015). "Dietland" has been published in more than a dozen countries and was adapted as a television series for AMC.

Sarai has lectured on feminism and body image internationally, and has spoken about these topics widely in the media. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and elsewhere, and she worked as a writer and editor on an updated version of Our Bodies, Ourselves. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and a PhD in English from the University of London.

About the Book

"Sarai Walker has done it again. With The Cherry Robbers she upends the Gothic ghost story with a fiery feminist zeal." —Maria Semple

Building off the gothic tradition of Shirley Jackson, the acclaimed author of the cult-hit novel Dietland brings to life this riveting, deliciously twisted feminist tale, a gorgeous and provocative page-turner about the legacy of male power and the cost of female freedom.

It should have been the first day of the rest of their lives.

Instead it was the last.

Iris Chapel and her five elegant sisters, all of them heiresses to the Chapel firearms fortune, live cloistered in a lavish Victorian mansion. Neglected by both a distant, workaholic father and a mentally troubled mother—who believes their home is haunted by the victims of Chapel weapons—the sisters have grown up with only each other for company. They long to escape the eerie fairytale of their childhood and move forward into the modern world, but for young women in 1950s Connecticut, the only way out is marriage.

Yet it soon becomes clear that for the Chapel sisters, marriage equals death.

As soon as the eldest girl walks down the aisle, tragedy strikes. The bride dies mysteriously the very next day, leaving her family and the town in shock. But this is just the beginning of a chain of disasters that will make each sister wonder whether true love will kill her, too. Only Iris, the second youngest, finds a way to escape—but can she outrun the family curse forever?


Event date: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Calvary Community Center
4740 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143


The Cherry Robbers By Sarai Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358251873
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - May 17th, 2022

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia By Emma Copley Eisenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449212
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - January 19th, 2021

Dietland (tie-In) By Sarai Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328534835
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2018

Sarai Walker and Emma Eisenberg event announcement