Riding High in April: A Novel

· SparkPress

About this ebook

Featured in POPSUGAR "Best Books of 2021" * SheReads "Best Book Club Picks of Fall" * Women.com * Brit & Co. "Fifteen New Books to Read on your Summer Vacation"

Inside the rising tech microcosms of Seoul, Singapore, Japan, and India, far from the mendacity of Silicon Valley, a serial tech entrepreneur pursues a last-ditch attempt to build something great: COMPASS, an open-source network platform that Microsoft has labeled “reckless.” At stake are his reputation, his dwindling bank account, and his fifteen-year relationship with the only woman he’s ever loved—a woman in the midst of reckoning with who she is and what really matters to her in the face of the narcissism and destructiveness of the technology world. She shows up in Seoul in a big, bold move to be with him—only to find that living in Asia reshapes her in intangible, unexpected ways.

Taut and richly layered, Riding High in April is a powerful evocation of our contemporary tech moment, a revealing exploration of resilience and the pursuit of something unattainable, and a moving story of love, friendship, and letting go.

About the author

Before becoming a full-time writer, Jackie Townsend received her MBA from UC Berkeley and worked as a financial consultant in the Bay Area alongside her Italian husband, who worked in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world before starting and running his own tech company. That career, both exciting and exhausting, fuels Jackie’s novels and essays, as well as the blogs she posts at jackietownsend.com, as do her travels and exposure to foreign cultures. Meanwhile, her husband continues the pursuit. Jackie’s previous two books, The Absence of Evelyn (Spark Press) and Imperfect Pairings, both won or placed in a variety of Indie Awards. She is a native of Southern California who lived for many years in the Bay Area before she and her husband landed themselves in New York City, where they live today.

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