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The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny Williams & with Lian Dolan

Jul 24, 2017

On July 28, the witty, acerbic, bestselling author, and Satellite Sister Lian Dolan leads a discussion with Jenny Williams about her debut novel The Atlas of Forgotten Places.

The work is described as…

Two women from different worlds bound in a quest to save their loved ones. After a long career as an aid worker, Sabine Hardt has retreated to her native Germany for a quieter life. But when her American niece Lily disappears while volunteering in Uganda, Sabine must return to places and memories she once thought buried in order to find her. In Uganda, Rose Akulu—haunted by a troubled past with the Lord’s Resistance Army and a family torn apart by war—is distressed when her lover Ocen vanishes without a trace. Side by side, Sabine and Rose must unravel the tangled threads that tie Lily and Ocen’s lives together—ultimately discovering that the truth of their loved ones’ disappearance is inescapably entwined to the secrets the two women carry. Vividly rendered by Jenny D. Williams, a fresh new voice in fiction, The Atlas of Forgotten Places delves deep into the heart of compassion and redemption. It spans geographies and generations to lay bare the stories that connect us all. (Thomas Dunne Books)

 

Jenny D. Williams; publicity photo.

 

Publisher’s Weekly says The Atlas of Forgotten Places is “gritty and intricately plotted.”

In the midst of struggles and atrocities so large and all-encompassing, the narrative sometimes gets away from the more interesting personal stories. But overall Williams’s book paints the contours of the real-life conflict admirably, making the thrilling disappearance story relatable with nuanced characterizations and a wealth of strong subplots concerning reclaiming love, protecting family, and guarding hope for a new future when the present seems to be teetering on disaster.
Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Children of Uganda” by Charles Nambasi via Pixabay.com.

 

From NetGalley.com:

Vividly rendered by a fresh new voice in fiction, The Atlas of Forgotten Places delves deep into the heart of compassion and redemption. It spans geographies and generations to lay bare the stories that connect us all.

During an interview with Kate Brandes at 17 Scribes, Williams shares that she got the idea for the novel when she was living in Uganda in 2006. It took her until January 2012 to begin writing it, which included research, rewrites, and a return visit to Uganda, as well as to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in spring 2013.

 

Military police, Uganda; photo by Charles Nambasi via Pixabay.com.

 

I’ve wanted to write about northern Uganda ever since I first visited Kitgum in 2006, when I was a long-term volunteer for an aid organization working in Uganda and South Sudan. It took five years before I felt ready to tackle the material in a novel. There are some excellent nonfiction books about northern Uganda and the LRA, but I was excited by the opportunity fiction affords to reach other kinds of readers.
—”Interview with Jenny D. Williams, Author of The Atlas of Forgotten Places” by Kate Brandes at 17Scribes.com, June 28, 2017

 

 

Atlas is mesmerizing, its story consuming the reader from the first to the last page.” (Allison Yates, Pink Pangea)

 

Jenny Williams, with Lian Dolan, Discussing The Atlas of Forgotten Places
Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free event
VromansBookstore.com/Jenny-Williams
Ph: 1.626.449.5320

Vroman’s policy: Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

 

In Uganda, photo by Graham Hobster via Pixabay.com.

 

 




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