Jennifer Smith at Lake Forest Book Store

Jennifer Smith, author of Windfall

(Delacorte Press $18.99, due May 2, 2017)

Wednesday May 10th at 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Register at Lake Forest Book Store 847-234-4420

Please join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming accomplished author and former Lake Forest High School attendee Jennifer Smith as she presents her new novel for young adults, Windfall.

Alice doesn't believe in luck--at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday--just when it seems they might be on the brink of something--she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy's father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy's newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. 

Jennifer Smith is the author of seven novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She is a former student at Lake Forest High School and later earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Lake Forest Book Store
662 N. Western Ave.
Lake Forest, IL 60045