Join us at Ilsley Library on Tuesday evening, February 7 at 7:00 PM for a special talk and slideshow with Charlotte author Giovanna "Jo" Brunini Congdon. Come a few minutes early to hear bagpiper Ben Montross fill the library grounds with the distinctive sounds of Scotland, which features centrally in Jo's "heartfelt, entertaining, and hauntingly beautiful" (Pacific Book Review) novel, Never a Cloud.
Never a Cloud charts the course of three women—Violet, Ava, and Margot—who find their way to a new understanding of home and family at Otyrburn, an estate in rural Scotland. Violet Grey, a child of the sixties, writes from an island in Maine as the novel travels between Scotland, new York City, and Venice, Italy. Otyrburn belongs to George Lowell and Margot Reid, who is the half sister of Violet's daughter, Ava. This is something Margot discovers only when Ava unexpectedly arrives. George, a director at the Metropolitan Museum, finds himself under suspicion for illicit activity as Margot reconnects with her childhood sweetheart, who is helping restore the worn-at-the-edges Regency manor, where secrets long forgotten, and those newly discovered, converge.
Kirkus Reviews writes: "The novel often feels like the film Gosford Park populated by readers of the London Review of Books... Brunini's prose is often evocative..."