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Lunch and Lit with Patti Callahan Henry

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

$50.00

Join us on Tuesday,  July 11th for Lunch & Lit with Patti Callahan Henry and her latest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea.

We love Patti, and a new book by her is a reason to celebrate. She’s the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of some of our favorites in historical fiction, including Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
This newest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea, follows the lives of two sisters, Hazel and Flora, after they are evacuated from London to live with strangers as part of Operation Pied Piper during World War II. When the younger Flora suddenly goes missing, she’s presumed drowned— until 20 years later, when  a children’s book arrives to the London bookshop where Hazel works, based on the secret fairy tale only the sisters shared.

Patti will be on hand to talk, answer questions, and sign books, as we enjoy an incredible lunch at Staks! Get your ticket today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times and USA TODAY  bestselling author of several novels, including Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year Award, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She is the cohost and co-creator of the popular weekly online live web show and podcast Friends and Fiction. A full-time author and mother of three, she lives in Alabama and South Carolina with her family. Find out more at PattiCallahanHenry.com.

BOOK SUMMARY 

When a woman discovers a rare book that has connections to her past, long-held secrets about her missing sister and their childhood spent in the English countryside during World War II are revealed.

In the war-torn London of 1939, fourteen-year-old Hazel and five-year-old Flora are evacuated to a rural village to escape the horrors of the Second World War. Living with the kind Bridie Aberdeen and her teenage son, Harry, in a charming stone cottage along the River Thames, Hazel fills their days with walks and games to distract her young sister, including one that she creates for her sister and her sister alone—a fairy tale about a magical land, a secret place they can escape to that is all their own.

But the unthinkable happens when young Flora suddenly vanishes while playing near the banks of the river. Shattered, Hazel blames herself for her sister’s disappearance, and she carries that guilt into adulthood as a private burden she feels she deserves.

Twenty years later, Hazel is in London, ready to move on from her job at a cozy rare bookstore to a career at Sotheby’s. With a charming boyfriend and her elegantly timeworn Bloomsbury flat, Hazel’s future seems determined. But her tidy life is turned upside down when she unwraps a package containing an illustrated book called Whisperwood and the River of Stars. Hazel never told a soul about the imaginary world she created just for Flora. Could this book hold the secrets to Flora’s disappearance? Could it be a sign that her beloved sister is still alive after all these years?

As Hazel embarks on a feverish quest, revisiting long-dormant relationships and bravely opening wounds from her past, her career and future hang in the balance. An astonishing twist ultimately reveals the truth in this transporting and refreshingly original novel about the bond between sisters, the complications of conflicted love, and the enduring magic of storytelling.

BOOK REVIEWS

“A world war and a fairy tale collide in the British countryside in 1940–and Patti Callahan Henry is the perfect novelist to explore how the living are forever changed. The Secret Book of Flora Lea is a treasure: moving, surprising, and deeply evocative of an England that everyday walked the tightrope between heartbreak and hope. –Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lioness and The Flight Attendant

“Deft, lyrical and supremely satisfying, The Secret Book of Flora Lea isn’t so much a departure for Patti Callahan Henry as it is a culmination of her gifts as a novelist. This is a book about difficult history and unsinkable hope, ordinary magic in the form of love, and about how our stories can save and sustain us in the most trying moments of our lives. Callahan’s plot will keep you guessing even as her characters steal your heart. I loved it.” –Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark

“A spellbinding tale of hope and perseverance, The Secret Book of Flora Lea is as enchanting and whimsical as the Whisperwood fairytale hidden within its pages. It reminds us that a happily-ever-after isn’t out of reach—so long as we heed the tiny voice within, whispering that the real magic of the story may be closer than we think.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary and The London Seance Society

“Two sisters, dual time periods, a magical secret place, an abiding mystery–The Secret Book of Flora Lea is an enchanting story of survival against all odds. With her trademark warmth and a feather-light touch, Patti Callahan Henry weaves together events both real and imagined. Transporting, heartfelt, and atmospheric.” –Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and The Exiles

The Secret Book of Flora Lea is a beguiling blend of hope, mystery, and true familial love. It exposes the deep wounds of a family tragically separated because of war. Told in an utterly fresh way with dual timelines and a host of unforgettable characters, this is a story that is both necessary and satisfying through the last page. Powerful and spellbinding!” –Sadeqa Johnson, Internationally bestselling author of The House of Eve and The Yellow Wife.

Details

Date:
July 11
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost:
$50.00
Event Category:

Venue

Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers
149 E. Magnolia Ave., Suite A
Auburn, AL 36830 United States
Phone:
334-246-3003

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Lunch and Lit
Lunch and Lit with Patti Callahan Henry
$ 50.00