Joining us live, albeit virtually live, from Seattle’s sister city Tashkent is novelist Jennifer Steil. She is there because of circumstance, married to a diplomat. Her being in the world as she has been is reflected in her two well-received earlier books, her non-fiction account of being a journalist in Yemen, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, and her first novel, The Ambassador’s Wife. And the larger world is again seen in her newest novel, Exile Music (Penguin, newly in paper), which follows a teenage girl and her family fleeing from Nazis in their home city of Vienna to Bolivia during World War II.
“This riveting, elegantly rendered coming-of-age story sheds light on the community of Jewish refugees who found sanctuary in La Paz, Bolivia. With vivid historical details and unforgettable characters, Exile Music captures the heartbreak of exile, the painful scars of survival, and the redemptive power of art.” —Amy Gottlieb.
“Here is a coming-of-age book for anyone who has ever felt their world shift on its axis, from light to dark, from comfort to abject terror, from sonorous to sheer noise–for anyone who has ever had to run. A lyric and heartrending adventure.” —Elizabeth Cohen.