Moyes to read from new historical novel

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

In the opening chapter of Jojo Moyes’ new novel “The Girl You Left Behind” (Viking, $27.95), Sophie Lefevre confronts an officer from the German army who is following up on a rumor that her family is harboring “illegal livestock.”

The opening scene sets up this novel about life in occupied France during World War I. Sophie’s husband has gone to fight at the front, and the Germans have taken over their village in France. Sophie and her sister try to keep their family’s restaurant running under the German’s strict rationing. Her husband, an artist, leaves behind a painting of Sophie that draws the attention of the kommandant. The portrait becomes a bargaining chip in Sophie’s attempts to protect her family.
Moyes, whose previous novels were “Me Before You” and “Honeymoon in Paris,” will read and sign copies of “The Girl You Left Behind” at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

Here are some other forthcoming readings and signings:
-- Robert Inman, a novelist and former WBTV reporter, has written a new novel about Southern politics, “The Governor’s Lady” (John F. Blair, $26.95). Cooper Lanier comes from a political dynasty. Her father was governor, as was her husband Pickett Lanier. In “The Governor’s Lady,” Cooper takes office as governor as her husband campaigns for the presidency. She decides to defy her husband’s plans to continue running state government by using his wife as a puppet.
Inman will read and sign copies of his novel at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village.
-- John Milliken Thompson’s novel “Love and Lament” (Other Press, $15.95) is set in rural North Carolina between the Civil War and World War I. It chronicles the Hartsoe family’s hardships and misfortunes during Reconstruction and industrialization.
Thompson will read and sign copies of the novel Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

Send notices of readings and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.