J.F. RIORDAN

J.F. RIORDAN
Thursday, June 20th
7:00 p.m.
Books & Company 

Join us in welcoming J.F. Riordan to Books & Company to talk about her new collection of essays Reflections of a Life in Exile. 

 

 

A collection of essays by novelist J.F. Riordan, Reflections on a Life in Exile is easy to pick up, and hard to put down. By turns deeply spiritual and gently comic, these brief meditations range from the inconveniences of modern life to the shifting nature of grief. Whether it's an unexpected revelation from a trip to the hardware store, a casual encounter with a tow-truck driver, the changing seasons, or a conversation with a store clerk grieving for a dog, J. F. Riordan captures and magnifies the passing beauty of the ordinary and the extraordinary that lingers near the surface of daily life.

 

J.F. Riordan was born in New Jersey and first moved to Michigan, then Wisconsin as a child. At the age of 14 she decided to become an opera singer, and was fortunate in the aftermath to have been able to sing. At 16, after two years of high school, she went to the University of New Mexico to study voice, continued her music studies in Chicago and Milwaukee, and ultimately became a professional singer. Homesick after years of travel, she came home to the Midwest, finished her college degree, and became certified to teach high school. She taught for three years in the inner city before taking a position as a program officer for a foundation. She lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and two dogs. North of the Tension Line is her first novel.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4457
Reflections on a Life in Exile Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780825308932
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Published: Beaufort Books - May 2019

Robert's Rules (North of the Tension Line #3) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780825308772
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Published: Beaufort Books - May 23rd, 2018

The Audacity of Goats: A Novel (North of the Tension Line #2) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780825308475
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Published: Beaufort Books - July 6th, 2017

North of the Tension Line Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780825308291
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Published: Beaufort Books - June 6th, 2016

I've always wondered what it would be like to live year round in Door County. Riordan offers a glimpse into what happens off-season on Washington Island. Fiona Campbell buys a home in need of TLC and meets her neighbors. She learns that small town life isn't quite what she imagined.

-Elisabeth