Small Wars

Small Wars

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"Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her." --Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with the Pearl Earring

Fresh off her triumphantly assured debut novel The Outcast, award-winning author Sadie Jones has again delivered a quiet masterpiece in Small Wars. Set on the colonial, war-torn island of Cyprus in 1956, Jones tells the story of a young solider, Hal Treherne, and the effects of this "small war" on him, his wife Clara, and their family. Reminiscent of classic tales of love and war such as The English Patient and Atonement, Jones's gripping novel also calls to mind the master works of Virginia Woolf and their portrayal of the quiet desperation of a marriage in crisis. Small Wars is at once a deeply emotional, meticulously researched work of historical fiction and a profound meditation on war-time atrocities committed both on and off the battlefield.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 294.83g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061929891
  • 9780061929892
  • 1,518,034

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Ambitious and thematically charged A timely novel, as well as a harrowing one --Christian Science Monitor"
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Passionate and brilliantly rendered, Small Wars questions how honor can exist amid cruelty and asks what becomes of intimacy in the grinding gears of empire.

A major in the British Army, Hal Treherne is a dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. He is eager to lead his men into combat; his wife, Clara, however, is relieved when they are posted instead to seemingly peaceful sun-kissed Cyprus. But war erupts over unification with Greece, the island is consumed by violence--and Hal discovers that his military training cannot help him navigate the minefields of moral compromise that lie beneath every battle he fights. Clara grows fearful of her increasingly distant husband. When she needs him most, she finds the once-tender Hal a changed man--a betrayal that is only part of the shocking personal crisis to come.
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1,165 ratings
3.34 out of 5 stars
5 11% (131)
4 32% (375)
3 40% (468)
2 13% (150)
1 4% (41)
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