WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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library reading belles-lettres literature books bestsellers media authors The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. …and the Finished Work of Nichole B. NAZ SIOSHANSI writer writing is a solitary process. No one knows this more than Nichole Bernier, a Wellesley resident who has recently published her first novel, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. (Crown Publishing Group, 2012). "I felt like a crazy woman in the attic for the six and a half years that it took me to write and rewrite my novel. It is not like a typical job. You can't shut the door and talk to friends about your stressful day at work. What would I say? 'You won't believe what my character did today!'" she says with a laugh. As such, her first formal book reading at the Wellesley Free Library in June felt like an unveil- ing. She was able to formally invite friends, family, and the larger Wellesley community into her "attic world" and show them what she had spent over half a decade creating. "It is wonderful to share what I have been doing in isolation," she states simply. When one listens to Bernier talk about her novel, her passion for her characters and plot line grows obvious. The idea for the story grew loosely out of a friend's tragic death during the September 11th attacks. While reading her obituary, Bernier started to think, "Is this how she wanted to be remembered?" The idea stuck in her head and grew, as she continued her own professional work as a contributing editor to Condé Nast Traveler and personal life as the mother of five. 158 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 COURTESY OF CROWN PUBLISHING GROU, ©2012

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