Join us for a Sunday afternoon reading and signing with author L. F. Ranner celebrating her debut novel, SAILING TO BYZANTIUM.
This will be an in-store event. To reserve your participation, please pre-purchase your copy of the book now from Octavia Books at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781948979603 while using the comment box during checkout to write "attending event" (you may also write in a request a signed copy if you are not attending).
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Three friends, one life-changing summer. Vana, the math prodigy with a voice that is 85% Sarah Vaughan, 10% Billie Holiday, and 5% Aretha Franklin and an attitude to match. Desperate to leave her chaotic family and become the independent woman of her imagination, she lands a summer job on an aging Greek cruise ship as a member of the house band. Marko, who failed his university entrance exams, is on the trail of bouzouki god Markos Vamvakaris, in hopes of claiming his own artistic identity. Stepan, agronomist, accordionist, occasional mystic, has spent the last ten years hopelessly, secretly in love with his only friend. Stranded in the surreal microcosm of a cruise ship, the three friends stumble across a series of dark and dissolving frontiers: between love and friendship, memory and forgetfulness, sacrifice and redemption. On this voyage to the heart of an ancient world, can the bonds of a friendship forged in childhood survive the tests of tragedy and self-discovery?
L. F. Ranner is a New Orleans native and Oxford-trained Byzantinist as well as being a product of NOCCA and of Loyola University. Her childhood summers were spent traveling the Eastern Mediterranean on the ships of a now-vanished Greek cruise line, which became something of an improbable second home and alternate universe. Married and mother to three children, she teaches history, theology, and Classical languages. SAILING TO BYZANTIUM is her first novel.