Behind The Book


Here's a glimpse of my son's great-great grandmother, Alice Wesselhoeft Haserick.
Alice Wesselhoeft Haserick's husband, Arthur A. Haserick.
Alice and Arthur's two sons.  In the novel, they have just one son.
Another photo of Arthur Haserick's cameograph. You can see the full object here, even the velvet lining.
This is the house where Alice Wesselhoeft Haserick was raised. My literary agent, Lisa Bankoff, took this photograph.
Here is the house where Arthur Haserick lived as a young man during his courtship of Alice Wesselhoeft (Haserick).
Dr. Conrad Wesselhoeft - one of the most eminent homeopaths in the United States; a founder of Boston University Medical School.
Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft - (father of Conrad) - developed the "Wesselhoeft Water Cure."
Dr. William Fessenden Wesselhoeft (opera singer's brother) - surgeon; professor; father-in-law of the governor of Massachusetts
A copy of a 1907 opera program from Montepulciano, Italy, where Alice Haserick (aka "Erika" in the novel) performed
Lillian Nordica (1857-1914), New England born soprano
Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967), American soprano, born in Massachusetts
Nellie Melba (1861-1931), Australian soprano.  One of the most famous singers of the Victorian era, and the early 20th century
Three generations of Wesselhoeft doctors are shown here.  Alice/"Erika" came from a family of famous doctors.
Documents regarding the divorce of Alice and Arthur