Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

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***AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*** The "insightful, stark, and heartbreaking" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) novel about three lives entangled during World War II from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Little Bee. "Cleave's foray into historical fiction is both grand and intimate. The novel's ability to stay small and quiet against the raging tableau of war is what also makes it glorious....an absorbing account of survival, racism, classism, love, and pain, and the scars left by all of them...Cleave's prose is imbued with a Dickensian flair, deploying brilliant metaphors and crackling dialogue." --The New York Times Book Review "With dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war's effects on those who fight and those left behind." --People Book of the Week "The London Blitz is cinematically re-imagined in a deeply moving new novel from Chris Cleave. As he did in Little Bee, he places forthright characters in impossible situations in Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, a story set during World War II." --Carol Memmott, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "Magnificent and profoundly moving...This dazzling novel of World War II is full of unforgettable characters and the keen emotional insights that moved readers of Chris Cleave's Little Bee." --Shelf Awareness "Real, engaging characters, based loosely on Cleave's own grandparents, come alive on the page. Insightful, stark, and heartbreaking, Cleave's latest novel portrays the irrepressible hopefulness that can arise in the face of catastrophe." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters." --Kirkus Reviews "Beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching, and, above all, honest." --The Daily Mail (UK) "Intensely felt...Full of insight and memorably original phrasings." --Booklist "Well crafted and compelling...nostalgic and bittersweet." --Library Journal London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war--until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is--bewilderingly--made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave's grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 168 x 236 x 30mm | 635g
  • English
  • 1501124374
  • 9781501124372
  • 786,138

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PRAISE FOR EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN "Cleave's foray into historical fiction is both grand and intimate. The novel's ability to stay small and quiet against the raging tableau of war is what also makes it glorious....an absorbing account of survival, racism, classism, love and pain, and the scars left by all of them...Cleave's prose is imbued with a Dickensian flair, deploying brilliant metaphors and crackling dialogue."
--New York Times Book Review, Editor's Pick "With dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war's effects on those who fight and those left behind."
--People Magazine Book of the Week "[An] intimate war epic...Cleave unflinchingly exposes the personal hang-ups of his characters as they grapple with hard life choices. He harnesses his immense talent for crafting gorgeously insightful turns of phrase to show us how courage and cowardice sometimes exist side-by-side in the same person -- even in the same decision...both searing and timeless."
--Seattle Times "The London Blitz is cinematically re-imagined in a deeply moving new novel from Chris Cleave. As he did in Little Bee, he places forthright characters in impossible situations in Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, a story set during World War II."
--Carol Memmott, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Magnificent and profoundly moving... This dazzling novel of World War II is full of unforgettable characters and the keen emotional insights that moved readers of Chris Cleave's Little Bee."
--Shelf Awareness "Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality."
--Kirkus Reviews "Real, engaging characters, based loosely on Cleave's own grandparents, come alive on the page. Insightful, stark, and heartbreaking, Cleave's latest novel portrays the irrepressible hopefulness that can arise in the face of catastrophe."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Intensely felt...Full of insight and memorably original phrasings, the story is leavened by sardonic humor... Cleave paints an emotion-filled portrait of a damaged city with its inequities amplified by war and of courageous individuals whose connections to one another make them stronger."
--Booklist "Wonderful...Everyone Brave is Forgiven asks hard questions with no easy answers, reminding us of the price we pay every day just for being human."
--Miami Herald
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