Greenwich Library hosts New York Times bestselling author

THE-SUMMER-BEFORE-THE-WAR_jJoin [email protected] on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. for an evening with Helen Simonson in the Cole Auditorium. Simonson’s debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, was a New York Times bestseller, a best book of 2010 and cited as a favorite among book clubs worldwide.

Simonson’s new novel, The Summer Before the War, is set in East Sussex in the late summer of 1914 where a formidable local matriarch pushes against the establishment for the appointment of a female Latin teacher. The true limits of progress are tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

According to an advance review in Kirkus, “the book is beautifully plotted and morally astute…Aficionados of Downton Abbey and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will sigh with pleasure.”

Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, she is a former travel advertising executive who has lived in America for the last three decades, both in Brooklyn and Washington DC. Simonson was first published at the age of 45. Visit

[email protected] is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane’s Books. This series is open to all at no charge. Seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit, email Marianne Weill at [email protected] or call (203) 622-7933.

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