Jane Alison's Villa E

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We're so excited to welcome Jane Alison

who will discuss her newest novel

Villa E.

Two brilliant architects clash over the fate of a luxurious villa

in this riveting tale of artistic obsession.

Along the glittering coast of southern France, among a jungle of olive trees and aloes, a white villa rose from an earthen terrace. Eileen, a new architect previously known for her elegant chairs and furniture, built it as a haven for her and her lover; she realized each detail, designing the villa around their movements and habits. When the outspoken Le G, a founder of Modernist architecture, first laid eyes on the house, he could see his influence in the sleek lines. Affronted and impassioned, he took a paintbrush to the villa’s clean, white walls . . .

Now, Le G is in the final week of his life. He has spent the last thirty years infiltrating Eileen’s house, erasing her presence and forgetting her name. But finally, the tide has come in, and Eileen is called back to her beloved coastline, where both artists will contend with the transformative power of memory.

Inspired by the real-life collision of Irish designer Eileen Gray and famed Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and the extraordinary place that bound them, Jane Alison boldly reimagines a now-infamous feud into a lushly poetic and mesmerizing novel of power, predation, and obsession.



Jane AlisonJane Alison is the author of The Love-Artist, The Sister’s Antipodes, and the craft book Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative, among other titles.

She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Event date: 

Saturday, August 24, 2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

10464 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Gleneagle Center
Henrico, VA 23223
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ISBN: 9781324095057
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Published: Liveright - August 6th, 2024

Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative By Jane Alison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547247731
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 9th, 2010