From the award winning indie author of Imperfect Pairings comes a haunting new novel about love, loss, and identity.

“The writing shines with this authoritative passion for understanding the ways of the heart…” Writers Digest

Winner—Indie Reader Discovery Award 2013

“Townsend has crafted a compelling and intricate story that masterfully explores culture, love and relationships with haunting beauty and keen perception.”
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“A realistic, moving chronicle of the evolving relationship between sisters.”
Kirkus Review

“Reel Life is poignant and thoughtful…”
Midwest Book Review

Jackie Townsend
Foreign countries play like living, breathing characters in my novels, and this quote by Goethe is one of my favorites."Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person.  Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones."  Goethe, ITALIAN JOURNEY

Praise for The Absence of Evelyn

“Finish off cuffing season with the literary fireworks found in every single page of this magnificently told tale of love and every form it comes in.”
— PopSugar, “11 Reads to Get You Through Cuffing Season”
“A globalized family tale of love, redemption, and healing, The Absence of Evelyn will challenge every reader’s understanding of what it truly means to love. Jackie Townsend’s staggering adventure proves that nothing – not time, heartbreak, distance or danger – stands a chance against the power of the heart.”
— Redbook, “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring”
“A careful examination of family ties with an international flavor.”
— Kirkus
“As truths are exposed, Rhonda and Olivia’s lives begin to unravel, and you’ll start to understand the complicated ways they’re all entangled.”
— Brit+Co, “9 Spring Books You Won’t Want to Put Down”
The Absence of Evelyn is a compelling testimony of the diversity of love and family ties.”
— Buzzfeed, “6 Books To Bring On Your Girls-Only Weekend Getaway”