Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart, on tour July/August 2015

Posted By on July 27, 2015

Crooked Heart (428x648)About Crooked Heart

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper (July 28, 2015)

Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small-time con artist and a young orphan evacuee.

When Noel Bostock—aged ten, no family—is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge—a thirty-six-year-old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Noel’s mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years and raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children, and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs—and what she’s never had—is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.

Together they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to turn a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money off the war—and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn’t actually safe at all.

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Lissa Evans author photoAbout Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans, a former radio and television producer, is the author of three previous novels, including Their Finest Hour and a Half, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Crooked Heart was also longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize); it is her first novel to be published in the US. Evans lives in London with her family.

Find out more about Evans at her website, and follow her on Twitter.

Lissa’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, July 28th: 100 Pages a Day … Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, July 29th: BookNAround

Thursday, July 30th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, July 31st: From the TBR Pile

Monday, August 3rd: Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, August 4th: Savvy Verse & Wit

Wednesday, August 5th: A Bookworm’s World

Thursday, August 6th: Dwell in Possibility

Monday, August 10th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Wednesday, August 12th: Cold Read

Tuesday, August 18th: Kissin Blue Karen

Wednesday, August 19th: FictionZeal

Wednesday, August 19th: The Book Binder’s Daughter

Thursday, August 20th: Bilbiophiliac

Friday, August 21st: For the Love of Words

Monday, August 24th: Doing Dewey


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