I have been forever fascinated by the sheer strength in the core of a woman. We women have an ability to reach inside ourselves and find a fortitude we possiblty never knew resided there. In ‘The Book of Esther’ my goal was to bring this out in each generation of the women of the Foley family. Esther is very much a woman of the ’40’s, yet her troubles and triumphs transcend all four generations. Helen is haunted by heartaches of the past, yet she is able to let go and salvage her life. A bout with cancer leaves Ivy lost in a vortex of regret. A near tragedy and the love of those around her help her to see her part in the choices life has presented. And young Maddie, so angry at the world, uses her art to deal with the pain. Together all of these women, in their own way, will chip away at the past to discover the truth of their family.