Read Around Ohio: The Daughters of Erietown

Connie Schultz


The Daughters of Erietown (2020) is Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz’s first novel.

Set in the fictional town of Eritown, based on her hometown of Ashtabula, this nostalgic novel chronicles the experiences multiple generations of women from the 1940s through the 1990s, especially mother and daughter Ellie and Samantha.

“These are the people of my roots, and this community still sets the rhythm of my heart,” Schultz says of Erietown.

Schultz was a longtime columnist for The Plain Dealer until 2011. Schultz is also the author of Life Happens: and Other Unavoidable Truths (2006), and …And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man (2007) about her marriage to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. She teaches journalism at Denison University.

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