Tuesday, August 25 at 7PM
Award Winning Novelist
speaking & signing
The Ambassador's Wife
Join us as we celebrate this debut novel from the author of the acclaimed memoir, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky. Winner of Best Novel for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, this harrowing story of the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her British ambassador husband face in the hopes of being reunited is both suspenseful and moving. Steil is an accomplished writer whose experience abroad lends a wide scope to this story of love, freedom, idealism and terror.
ABOUT THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE
When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no preparation. The couple and their toddler daughter live in a stately mansion with a staff to meet their every need, but for Miranda even this luxury comes at a price: the loss of freedom. Trailed everywhere by bodyguards to protect her from the dangers of a country wracked by civil war and forced to give up work she loves, she finds her world shattered when she is taken hostage, an act of terror with wide-reaching consequences.
Diplomatic life is a far cry from Miranda's first years in Mazrooq, which were spent painting and mentoring a group of young Muslim women, teaching them to draw in ways forbidden in their culture. As the novel weaves together past and present, we come to see how Finn and Miranda's idealism and secrets they have each sought to hide have placed them and those who trust them in peril. And when Miranda grows close to a child who shares her captivity, it is not clear that even being set free would restore the simple happiness that once was hers and Finn's.
ABOUT JENNIFER STEIL
Jennifer Steil is an award-winning American writer, journalist, and actor currently living in La Paz, Bolivia. Her first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Broadway Books, 2010) is a memoir about her adventures as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a. The book received accolades in The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Sydney Morning Herald among other publications. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune called it one of the best travel books of the year in 2010, and Elle magazine awarded it their Readers’ Prize. National Geographic Traveler includes the book in its recommended reading list. The Woman Who Fell From the Sky has been published in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, and Poland. In the last few years Jennifer has given talks in Algeria, New York, Seattle, Dubai, Amsterdam, The Hague, Egypt, Boston, Abu Dhabi, Vermont, and London. She moved to Bolivia with her family in September 2012.