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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan

Imprint:

Ballantine Books

ISBN:

9781101906774

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General / adult
Sep 05, 2017
$23.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5.2 x 0.9 in | 0.68 lb

Page Count:

432 pages

Illustrations:

1 MAP
Ballantine
Ballantine Books
FICTION / Historical / General
Through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir (now in paperback) unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the chaotic upheavals of war, love, and village intrigue that surround them on the English home front.

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir tells the stories in letters and journals of five members of a female-only choir in an English village in Kent during World War II. Initially shuttered, as all its men had gone off to war, the choir resurrects itself as a “ladies group” when a charismatic music teacher emboldens the village’s women to carry on singing in the name of national pride and wartime effort. The story moves effortlessly from village intrigue to heartbreaking matters of life and death, and we come to know the home-front struggles of five charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit: a timid widow wracked with worry over her only son off at the front; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a rakish and mysterious artist; her younger sister, pining over an impossible crush; a young Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia, hiding a secret about her family; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past. In turns funny, charming, and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel illuminates the true strength of women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.

Story Locale: England

INTERNATIONAL ENTHUSIASM: Rights have sold in 12 countries: UK, Sweden, Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Holland, Norway, Brazil, and China.

TELEVISION RIGHTS OPTIONED: Television rights have been optioned by Carnival TV, the production company behind Downton Abbey.

COMPELLING OFF-THE-PAGE STORY: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is loosely based on Ryan’s grandmother’s stories of wartime life in her tiny village in Kent. Her grandmother often recalled how exciting and heartbreaking (and sometimes scandalous) life was during these years, and spoke of how women became stronger through the experience of having to work and stick together to survive.

EVERGREEN SUBJECT: Novels about women during WWII, like The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, consistently continue to fascinate.

PERENNIAL APPEAL OF ROMANTIC HISTORICAL FICTION: Readers of Sara Gruen, Paula McLain, and Melanie Benjamin will love the multiple love stories in this novel.

JENNIFER RYAN lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and their two children. Originally from London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Author Residence: McLean, VA

Author Hometown: Kent, UK

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Author Website: www.jenniferryanbooks.net

“A delightful debut.”
 People

“This well-written and absorbing tale will stay with the reader for a long time to come.”
 Bookreporter

“Compelling and exquisitely wrought.”
 Bookpage

“These strong, unforgettable characters will keep you reading late into the night. I could not put this wonderful book down.”
 The Missourian

“There’s so much happening in Chilbury: intrigue, romance and an unforgettable cast of characters who aren’t always as they appear. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.“
 Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls

”Lyrical, poetic, emotional, funny, endearing, surprising – it is a masterpiece."
 Veronica Henry, author of An Eligible Bachelor

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir sinks you deep inside the rich, intricate atmosphere of an English village in the middle of war, when quiet lives are upended and secrets unravel. With her unforgettable characters and vivid narrative, Jennifer Ryan creates the kind of wartime novel that plays out over the intimate territory of the human heart—full of soul, full of hope. You’ll be thinking about this book long after the last page turns.”
— Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant

“World War II in an English village seen through the eyes of the most delicious cast of characters you’ll ever meet—The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a masterpiece of secrets, misdirection, village gossip, and gleeful disregard for anything but the main chance, as the Home Front learns to carry on. Seldom do you find a writer with such a deft touch—Jennifer Ryan sweeps the reader along to the very last page in a remarkable debut. “
— Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series

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