Thursday, 13 October 2016, 18:00
Waterstones Teddington, 65-67 High St, Teddington TW11 8HA
Copies of the book will be sold at £8.99
“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world” – Kirkus Reviews
Heartbreak and redemption in the beauty of a Ukrainian village. For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river. All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices. Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.
Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a law firm. In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she founded and managed the company Yakaboo.com, Ukraine’s first ever DVD rental company, and helped to grow it into Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She earned an MBA from Kyiv Mohyla Business School, part of Kyiv Mohyla University, the oldest university in Ukraine, and was President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development. In 2008, she returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book, The Unity Game, will be released in Spring 2017.