Stephen Evans Jordan
Stephen Jordan’s fiction is often inspired from living and working overseas combined with a passion for history. He grew up in California’s Napa Valley in the 1950s in a family of readers—dinner-table conversations often centered on books. Of his parents’ gifts, love of literature is his most cherished.
While at Stanford, Stephen discovered art history and considered a career in the arts. But practicality prevailed, and he opted for business school and joined Bank of America’s International Department. Speaking good Spanish at the time, he was bewildered—but not entirely surprised—when he was assigned to the Asia Division and later transferred to Indonesia. His banking career involved assignments in San Francisco, Jakarta, Singapore, Chicago, London, and Tanzania. He describes Chicago as the most dangerous, Singapore the cleanest.
Despite his initial misgivings, Stephen found living in Asia fascinating, frustrating, and life threatening at times. Inspired by Paul Theroux’s Asian collection, The Counsel’s File, Stephen has written a collection of short stories centered in Southeast Asia; he won an award from Negative Capability for “Prince Charles and the Texans,” set in Singapore. “Snake Charmed” appeared in Gem Street, an anthology of short stories published in Ireland. Other stories have appeared in East Lit, an online journal.
Stephen’s first novel, Tatiana and the Russian Wolves, is the psychological journey of a young Russian émigré as he reconciles his guilt and dishonesty with his mother’s troubled past and suicide. Tatiana has received the Finalist award in the 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards in England; also a Finalist in the Independent Author Network (IAN) 2020 Book of the Year Awards for “First Novel with over 80,000 Words.” “Jordan’s book shines … the narrative should leave readers curious about the fates of the people Alexander meets on his serpentine journey.” –– Kirkus Reviews
Tatiana and the Russian Wolves
Insanity (the Russian wolves) had stalked Tatiana since the Russian Revolution. Fearing his mother’s legacy of incipient madness, Alexander Romanovsky must unravel her shadowy past in this family saga and psychological journey. His fervent desire is to reconcile with himself, his mother, his ancestral country and the woman he loves. Will he too succumb to the Russian wolves?
This novel by debut author Stephen Evans Jordan blends two genres: romance and historical fiction. Stephen, who is a retired international banker, began the Tatiana novel nearly 25 years ago. The formal launch occurred in October of 2018, when Stephen turned 75. He embarked on this literary quest after the successful publication of his short stories.
The story involves three primary themes: the plight of Russian émigrés following the Russian Revolution; the devastating impact of suicide for loved ones left behind; and family secrets—the painful discovery and hopeful reconciliation.