Martha’s Vineyard summer resident Judith Hannan pens memoir


“The doctors are very pleased with the operation, but to a medical novice like me, Nadia seems far removed from the girl she was this morning. If I look beyond all that was done to her, though, I can still see my beautiful baby.”

Judith Hannan’s debut memoir, “Motherhood Exaggerated,” recounts the author’s trying experiences as her young daughter battles bone cancer. The story spans the period between eight-year-old Nadia Hannan’s diagnosis to remission, simultaneously relating her family’s struggle to face the dire interruption in their lives.

The book’s website,, includes this review from Carly Simon, “The dramatic language, both highly descriptive and emotional, rings with the unforgiving pain and fear of this terrifying disease…The amplification of the lives of Judith and her daughter, Nadia, are felt as you read this deep and loving book.”

Permanently residing in New York City, the author spends her summers in Chilmark, and the Vineyard appears in “Motherhood Exaggerated.” A writing instructor of homeless women and at-risk adolescents, Ms. Hannan’s essays have previously appeared in publications including Woman’s Day, Twins Magazine, and the anthology, “On The Vineyard II,” among others.

Ms. Hannan will hold an author’s reading and signing from 4 to 6 pm on Thursday, July 12, at Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven, and on August 10 at Edgartown Books, time to be decided.