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Maura Roosevelt Explores Storied Family Legacies With Debut Novel

It was in the middle of a workshop with writer Mary Gaitskill that Maura Roosevelt realized her short story was anything but.
“It was a 40-page story and [Mary] was like, ‘This isn’t a [short] story,’” Roosevelt says, from the living room of her in-laws’ Brooklyn town house, her husband and baby nearby. “So I just kept writing it.”
The story evolved into what is Roosevelt’s first novel, “Baby of the Family” (out now from Penguin books). It tells the story of the modern-day Whitbys, who are descendants of Astor-esque New York real estate moguls. After the great patriarch of the Whitbys dies, his children, half siblings Brooke, Shelley, and the youngest, Nick, attempt to piece together their complex familial relationships.
First published as a short story in literary magazine “Joyland,” in 2014, “Baby of the Family” originally focused on just one of the Whitby children. “The story was only about Shelley,” Roosevelt says. “I tried to imagine her life and what her family was like and then it just got bigger and bigger.”
Roosevelt’s preoccupation with family is fitting considering her own ancestry: her great-grandparents were President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. “I’m kind of interested in how you define family and

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