Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

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Baker & Taylor
Shocking her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary teaches evacuated and marginalized children and bonds with her employer, Tom, before their romance is challenged by a painful love triangle and the grueling realities of the war.

Baker
& Taylor

Shocking her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary teaches evacuated and marginalized children and bonds with her employer, Tom, before their romance is challenged by a painful love triangle and the grueling realities of the war. By the author of Little Bee.

Simon and Schuster
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that madeLittle Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled.Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501124372
1501124374
Branch Call Number: FIC CLEAVE
Characteristics: 424 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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wyenotgo
Jul 05, 2017

I know I'm at odds with most reviewers but Cleave's terribly clever British repartee is infuriatingly phony, like fingernails screeching on a blackboard. Were there ever living people who talked that way? If so, I'm happy not to have met them! And then there are sentences such as: "She supposed that nature had no provision for conkers beyond the earnest expectation that boys in knee shorts would always come, world without end, to take them home and dangle them on shoe laces and invest each one with brash and improbable hope." Pardon me, but what in God's holy name does that mean?
As for the characters: A quartet of prigs.
Yes, the book has garnered positive reviews; Its merit begins to emerge 80+ pages in. But the style, the language, the characters, none of it appeals to me and the annoying aspects overwhelmed it.

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MindfulDaydreamer
Jan 10, 2017

Engaging, witty, and beautifully written.

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athompson10
Jan 08, 2017

Reminds me a LOT of "All the Light We Cannot See." Lyrical writing, changing narrators, and a compelling story moving between wartime London and the island of Malta, both under siege by the Luftwaffe.

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brianreynolds
Dec 20, 2016

Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave seems to want to be about the horror of war and the bravery of upper class English families during the early months of the London Blitz and the siege of Malta. What it doesn’t seem to be about is either the wrongness of war or the evil of Fascism or the belated involvement of the USA. Instead the author pokes once again at racism and class while constructing a bleak but absorbing archetypal comedy. While the outcome of the romance between the two fairly naive but adorable characters is seriously predictable from the start, the obstacles to be overcome are quite rightly so serious that in the end... Well, there’s no point in giving everything away, is there? It’s well-constructed, well-written (lovely in places) and well-meant. The blight of early 1940’s discrimination deserves a spotlight. Personally, however, that seemed ironic. My American father quite proudly credited that war with changing his views on race 180 degrees—for the better. But that’s an entirely different book.

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axeman
Nov 03, 2016

Four friends in wartime England. Issues of race and class are addressed but this book has a very witty side. Lots of wise cracking dialogue among the friends as well as the solid writing made this a really engaging book.

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crazycatlibrarian
Sep 22, 2016

Yet another World War II story in the recent lineup, done very well. Particularly powerful is the descriptive voice, the reader feels very much there, in London during the bombings in the rubble. Rebellious Mary North, from a privileged family, wants to help the war effort and struggles to find her place as a teacher, an ambulance driver, as a lover, and a survivor. Not predictable, deeply engaging.

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harrissusanc
Sep 13, 2016

This is my new favorite war novel. It's take your breath away beautiful, with imagery, dialogue and depth of character and place, told by an old, often omniscient, narrator.

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brangwinn
Sep 08, 2016

World War II has been the setting for two of my favorite books. All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr) and The Nightingale (Hannah). And now here comes another one, this time set in wartime London. When Mary leaves finishing school, she finds out her volunteer assignment, that of a school teacher in London and this leads to love with two men from less wealthy backgrounds. To me the basis of this story, the love letters of the author’s grandparents, makes this story into real historical fiction.

LoganLib_Adults Aug 30, 2016

Chris will be speaking at Logan North Library on Saturday 10th September 2016

AL_PAMELAH Aug 16, 2016

Another WWII novel, set mostly in London during the blitz. Two young men share a flat, and both love Mary. But far from predictable, this story moves in interesting directions. But it is a war story, and therefore melancholy...

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