Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart

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Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy, set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small time con artist and a young orphan evacuee.

When Noel Bostock--aged ten, no family--is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge--a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Noel's mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs--and what she's never had--is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.

On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team.

Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war--and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all. . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 137 x 203 x 23mm | 159g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062364847
  • 9780062364845
  • 1,982,357

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When Noel Bostock--aged ten, no family--is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge--a thirty-six-year-old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Eccentrically educated and raised with a disdain for authority, Noel has little in common with other children, and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team.Together, they cook up a scheme. . . .
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Review quote

"I try not to say, 'If there's one novel you should read this summer..' but Crooked Heart tempts me to say it."--Scott Simon, NPR
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Rating details

6,157 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,632)
4 45% (2,767)
3 23% (1,412)
2 4% (275)
1 1% (71)
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