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Alison Jean Lester - Author

About the Author

Alison Jean Lester was born in the United States and has variously grown up, studied, worked, written and raised her two children in the US, the UK, China, Italy, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore. She currently lives with her family in Singapore. Lillian on Life is her first novel.

Featured books by Alison Jean Lester

Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

'I absolutely loved it. A delight ...so fresh and clever and subversive' Kate Atkinson 'I completely loved Lillian on Life. What a great voice, what energy and wit ...very original and often extremely funny' Karen Joy Fowler Lillian, a single, well-travelled woman of a certain age, wakes up next to her married lover and looks back at her life. It's not at all the life she expected. Walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern options for women, Lillian has grappled with parental disappointment, society's expectations and the vagaries of love and sex. As a narrator she's bold and witty, and her reflections - from 'On Getting to Sex' to 'On the Importance of Big Pockets' or 'On Leaving in Order to Stay' - reverberate originally and unpredictably. In Lillian on Life, Alison Jean Lester has created a brutally honest portrait of a woman living through the post-war decades of change in Munich, Paris, London and New York. Her story resonates with the glamour and energy of those cities. Charming, sometimes heartbreaking, never a stereotype, Lillian is completely herself; her view of the world is unique. You won't soon forget her.

Other books by Alison Jean Lester

Yuki Means Happiness

Yuki Means Happiness

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

'A mystery, a love story and a fascinating encounter with a different culture, Yuki Means Happiness is an outstanding novel' John Boyne Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about adapting to a routine of English practice, ballet and swimming lessons, and Japanese cooking. But as Diana becomes increasingly attached to Yuki she also becomes aware that everything in the Yoshimura household isn't as it first seemed. Before long, she must ask herself if she is brave enough to put everything on the line for the child under her care, confronting her own demons at every step of the way. Yuki Means Happiness is a rich and powerfully illuminating portrait of the intense relationship between a young woman and her small charge, as well as one woman's journey to discover her true self.

Lillian, das Leben und die Manner

Lillian, das Leben und die Manner

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2017

Der charmant-sinnliche Roman um die Abenteuer einer New Yorkerin. Lillian sprht vor Lebenslust, und sie liebt Mnner: gut aussehende, intelligente, interessante Mnner. In den Weltstdten der 1950er und 1960er-Jahre gibt es diese Spezies zum Glck in Hlle und Flle. Lillian verliebt sich, sie lernt von "e;ihren"e; Mnnern - und verlsst sie dann genau im richtigen Augenblick. Bis Teddy kommt, ein verheirateter Mann, ihr Chef in der New Yorker Zeitungsredaktion - und mit ihm die groe Liebe. Die schlaglichtartig erzhlten fiktiven Erinnerungen einer mondnen, intelligenten Frau in den besten Jahren: Alison Jean Lester erzhlt witzig, schonungslos ehrlich, leidenschaftlich und unschlagbar charmant. "e;Ein frischer, kluger, subversiver Ansatz! Ich habe es absolut geliebt."e; Kate Atkinson"e;Frauenliteratur voller Leben und voller Weisheit."e; Erica Jong

Yuki Means Happiness

Yuki Means Happiness

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

'A mystery, a love story and a fascinating encounter with a different culture, Yuki Means Happiness is an outstanding novel' John Boyne Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about adapting to a routine of English practice, ballet and swimming lessons, and Japanese cooking. But as Diana becomes increasingly attached to Yuki she also becomes aware that everything in the Yoshimura household isn't as it first seemed. Before long, she must ask herself if she is brave enough to put everything on the line for the child under her care, confronting her own demons at every step of the way. Yuki Means Happiness is a rich and powerfully illuminating portrait of the intense relationship between a young woman and her small charge, as well as one woman's journey to discover her true self.

Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

'I absolutely loved it. A delight ...so fresh and clever and subversive' Kate Atkinson 'I completely loved Lillian on Life. What a great voice, what energy and wit ...very original and often extremely funny' Karen Joy Fowler Lillian, a single, well-travelled woman of a certain age, wakes up next to her married lover and looks back at her life. It's not at all the life she expected. Walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern options for women, Lillian has grappled with parental disappointment, society's expectations and the vagaries of love and sex. As a narrator she's bold and witty, and her reflections - from 'On Getting to Sex' to 'On the Importance of Big Pockets' or 'On Leaving in Order to Stay' - reverberate originally and unpredictably. In Lillian on Life, Alison Jean Lester has created a brutally honest portrait of a woman living through the post-war decades of change in Munich, Paris, London and New York. Her story resonates with the glamour and energy of those cities. Charming, sometimes heartbreaking, never a stereotype, Lillian is completely herself; her view of the world is unique. You won't soon forget her.

Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life

Author: Alison Jean Lester Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2015

Smart, poignant, funny, and totally original,Lillian on Lifeis as fresh and surprising as fiction gets.This is the story of Lillian, a single woman reflecting on her choices and imagining her future. Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it's the early nineties, and she's taking stock. Throughout her life, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern choices for women, Lillian grapples with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and loses in love, and develops her own brand of wisdom.Lillian on Lifelifts the skin off the beautiful, stylish product of an era to reveal the confused, hot-blooded woman underneath.

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