The Widow and Her Hero (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Widow and Her Hero By the author of SCHINDLER'S ARK, an enthralling, thought-provoking story of wartime exploits, and the price paid for men's misguided heroism by their widows
- Published: 24 January 2008
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340825280 ISBN 10: 0340825286
- Sales rank: 168,435
Full description for The Widow and Her Hero
In 1943, when Grace and Leo Waterhouse married in Australia, they were part of a young generation ready to sacrifice themselves to win the war, while being confident they would survive. Sixty years on, as Grace recounts what happened to her doomed hero, she can say what she suspected then: that for many men, bravery is its own end. The tale she tells is one of great love, lost innocence, a charismatic but unstable Irish commander, dashing undercover missions against the Japanese in Singapore, and - in her eyes - reckless, foolhardy exploits. As fresh details continue to emerge, Grace is forced to keep revising her picture of what happened to Leo and his fellow commandoes - until she learns about the final piece in the jigsaw, and an ultimate betrayal. As absorbing as it is thought-provoking, this timely novel poses unsettling questions about what drives men to battle and heroic deeds, and movingly conveys the life-long effect on those who survive them.