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3 Conn. stops on Jane Green for book tour of new novel

A Connecticut resident who has authored 20 novels including 17 New York Times bestsellers, one cookbook, and various short stories, is out with a new novel.  Jane Green is hosting three events in Connecticut to kick off her book tour for The Friends We Keep, released June 4th. 

The novel follows three unlikely friends, who met in college, over the course of their 30 year friendship.  Despite disappointments or mistakes, the story shows it’s never too late to find a place to call home.  The novel touches on love, grief and forgiveness through various plot twists, including harboring secrets from the past that threatens to derail everything. 

Green says it's much different writing a book from the perspective of middle age.  She sometimes wishes to go back and rewrite books that she wrote in her 20s with the perspective and wisdom she has now.  At this age, Green says people are able to acknowledge that life is hard and that no matter what our social media profiles may look like, that's not real life.

Green also narrates the audio book of The Friends We Keep.  She's narrated the last few books she's written and says it's nice because nobody other than the author really understands the characters.  Green hopes makes up for some of her accents by really understanding what makes the characters tick.  She says sometimes there are stumbles over accents like an Irish nurse, but enjoys recording the stories.

For years people have asked Green about a sequel to Jemima J, her second novel, but she's not sure she would do it at this point.  Green notes there have been times she has thought about it.  She says she might have the characters make different choices if she were just to rewrite it now.

In a fundraiser for Pequot Library in Southport on June 13th, Green and Lisa Lampanelli will host a talk about the novel, followed by a reception and book signing on the Great Lawn.  The $100 VIP experience features a gathering overlooking Southport Harbor from 5-6pm. Limited to 40 guests, each receive a signed copy of The Friends We Keep.  $50 Launch Party tickets include entry to the book talk, 6:30 – 8:30pm, and a copy of The Friends We Keep.

Green will make a book tour stop at Found and Design in New Canaan on June 17th at 6:30pm.  Reservations are required.

On July 31st, Green will participate in an event with Lisa Steinke, Liz Fenton, and Emily Liebert at Bungalow in Westport at 6pm.

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