NEXT UP! LILA is hosting a very special event at 7:00 p.m. on May 12 in the sanctuary of the Circular Church, 150 Meeting St., a reading and book signing with amazing debut author Allegra Jordan!
The reviews of her debut novel, The End of Innocence, are stellar:
“This engaging debut from Jordan tells the love story of two college students who pursue their romance as World War I begins.”
“Jordan does a terrific job of contrasting the superficial formalities of the initial chapters depicting New England social life with the grueling realities of life in the trenches. Also on display is her knack for taking what at first seem like throwaway or background details and making them central to the story’s last third…”
“A thoughtful look at a turning point in world history.
Helen is a sympathetic and complicated main character. Her strengths and weaknesses keep the reader’s attention, making this a worthwhile read.
” – Kirkus
“A thoughtful work that offers an interesting perspective on the period.” – Booklist
“Reminiscent of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maise Dobbs books without the mystery, this novel explores the complications involved when war becomes personal. Jordan builds empathetic characters and an intriguing story. Library Journal ” – Library Journal
“Allegra Jordan’s The End of Innocence is a moving ode to a lost generation. With lyrical prose and rich historical detail, Jordan weaves a tale in which love overcomes fear, hope overcomes despair, and the indelible human spirit rises up to embrace renewal and reconciliation in the face of loss and destruction.” – Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife
“Love in a time of war….surely there is no more compelling or romantic theme in all of literature Yet this fine debut novel appeals to the brain as well as the heart. Allegra Jordan brings us historical fiction at its best.” – Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Guests on Earth and The Last Girls
Allegra Jordan is already a best-selling author with this work (#1 military historical fiction, Amazon) and an innovation consultant. She has led innovation projects in 16 countries on five continents. She is the immediate past president of the Southern Documentary Fund which has produced more than 100 documentaries, including the PBS hit show A CHEF’S LIFE.
She is currently a committee member for the United Nations’ Women for Peace Association march to raise awareness about solutions to gender violence. Her articles, cases and book reviews have appeared in USA Today, TEDx, and in publications by Duke, Harvard and UT-Austin. She curates a top-ranked reconciliation poetry website.
A graduate with honors of Harvard Business School, she has been named a top executive under 40 in Austin, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama.
Free wine, soft drinks and refreshments provided courtesy of Where Writers Win. Allegra’s book will be available for sale at the event by Indigo Books.
$5.00 donation at the door is appreciated (and tax-deductible as provided by law under our new 501c3 status!)