Friday, June 10, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

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 made Little 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.

Many thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion. 

This insomniac's review:

An honest and brutal look through the eyes of an idealist(Mary) of what war truly is. The blinds are torn off and we see exactly what Mary sees as she abandons her life and volunteers to try to help others during the war. Truly full of unforgettable characters and experiences that leaves the reader breathless at times. 


4 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?



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