Join Jojo Moyes, author of the bestselling novel "Me Before You," at the Pages bookstore for a discussion about the tale of an unlikely love affair between two people who represent each other’s last hope. Like "Love Story" and "One Day," "Me Before You" will remind readers that sometimes the best love stories aren’t fairy tales.
When it was published in the U.K. this past year, Jojo's novel became a word-of-mouth sensation and then a bestseller. Its phenomenal success is only the beginning; so far, translation rights have been sold 25 countries. Writing in the New York Times just last week, Liesl Schillinger remarked that when she finished "Me Before You," she didn’t want to review the novel. "I wanted to reread it," she wrote.
Readers in the U.S. will easily fall in love with the novel’s true-to-life characters and heart-breaking love story.
Louisa Clark (or Lou, as she’s known) lives a life about as big as the tiny English village she calls home. She loves being a waitress and figures she’ll eventually marry Patrick, her longtime boyfriend. When she unexpectedly loses her job, she must scramble to replace the income that her tight-knit family depends on. Out of desperation, she takes a job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor. Will used to live a life full of high-stakes deals, adventurous vacations, and beautiful women. Now, due to a tragic accident, his life is suddenly restricted beyond his control and he has lost all desire to live.
Will keeps everyone at a distance with his caustic and pushy attitude. Unlike his family, however, Lou refuses to tiptoe around him and cater to his bad moods. Soon they become exactly what the other needs. Seeing how hopeless Will is about his future, Lou plans a series of adventures (and mis-adventures) to try and convince him that life can be worth living. In turn, Will attempts to persuade Lou that she doesn’t have to confine herself to a small existence. As they set about changing each other’s lives, what emerges is a love story that is as complex as it is beautiful.
It is impossible not to be swept up in the world that Moyes has created in "Me Before You." Though Will and Lou are the heart of the book, they are surrounded by a cast of characters who are funny, infuriating, and entirely memorable. Readers will undoubtedly recognize someone they know among the novel’s entertaining supporting cast.
Jojo Moyes is the author of "The Last Letter from Your Love." Her follow-up, "Me Before You," was a Top 3 bestseller in the U.K. and a Richard and Judy Pick. A writer for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, she lives with her husband and their three children on a farm in Essex, England.