P&P Live! Jennifer Ryan — The Kitchen Front - with Sam Smith

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Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 2:00pm

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From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir comes an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest--and the grand prize is a job as the program's first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it's a chance to pay off her husband's debts and keep a roof over her children's heads. For a kitchen maid, it's a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it's a chance to escape her wealthy husband's increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it's a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all--even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Sam Smith is the Public Education Officer for the Friends of the National World War II Memorial. He assists with educational programs, stewardship, event management, and media relations. Sam is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has previously worked for the American Battlefield Trust, where he oversaw more than a dozen national and regional education conferences, and the National Park Foundation, as a grant steward and historian for the National Capital Region. 

Friends of the National World War II Memorial is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and creating the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow. 

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ISBN: 9780593158807
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 23rd, 2021

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