New book by Jamie Zeppa

Fans of Jamie Zeppa’s beautiful book about her time as a teacher in Bhutan, Beyond the Sky and the Earth, will be interested to know about her first novel, Every Time We Say Goodbye, just out from Knopf. Here’s a video interview with her about it.

This book is not, however, set in the Himalayas:

Excerpt from a blog review:

“Much of the story surrounds the small Ontario city of Sault Ste Marie, a town just outside of Toronto, otherwise known as “the Soo”. The Turner family resides in this small community dating back to the 1930′s when Frank and Grace’s parents died young and the two were left to raise themselves. Frank took the lead role and tried his best to raise his younger sister Grace, who is an idealist and doesn’t really see the point in following the “rules”. The dynamic of the story changes (and really starts), when Vera enters their home after marrying Frank. She’s a stick to the plan kind of woman who runs a tight ship. It’s fair to say that we all have a Vera in our family in one form or another. Vera and Grace bump heads on numerous occasions, but their relationship takes its biggest hit when Grace unexpectantly gets pregnant by a boy in town who she refuses to name. From this point we are taken on a journey from the 1930′s to the 1980′s, where we’re introduced to the many people who make up the Turner family.”

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