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The St. Louis County Foundation, theJCC of St. Louis and The Novel Neighbor are pleased to host an SLCL Authors @ the J event with  Award-winning novelist Paulette Jiles, author of “Chenneville.”

The event will take place on Thursday September 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC’s Staenberg Family Center – Mirowitz Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146. 

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

“Jiles captivates with another reliably rugged western odyssey. . . This tale has true grit.” — Publishers Weekly

'A beautifully written novel illuminating society across a wide swath of the lower United States. . . . The writing is poetic and descriptive, leavened with a hint of romance.”  — Library Journal 

Award-winning author of “News of the World,” Paulette Jiles presents a fearless historical novel set in the lawless post-Civil War frontier. Consumed with grief, driven by vengeance, a man undertakes an unrelenting odyssey across the lawless post–Civil War frontier seeking redemption in this fearless novel. 

Returning home from war, Union soldier John Chenneville finds only more tragedy. His beloved sister and her family have been brutally murdered. Traveling through the unforgiving landscape of a shattered nation in the midst of Reconstruction, John braves winter storms and confronts desperate people in pursuit of justice. As he trails a killer deep into Texas, John accepts that this final reckoning may cost him more than all he’s already lost.

New York Times bestselling author Paulette Jiles is a poet, memoirist and an award winning novelist.  

Her 2016 novel, “News of the World,” was turned into a film in 2020 starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel which was nominated for numerous awards.  Jiles won the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction for her book “Cousins.”  Her previous novels include the critically acclaimed “Stormy Weather” and “The Color of Lightning.” Her first novel “Enemy Women,” was a bestselling historical drama about a Southeastern Missouri woman during the Civil War.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us.

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