Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

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

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Aug. 7, 2018

Loosely based on the author's grandparents, this heart-wrenching WWII novel covers 3 years in the lives of 4 young Brits. Cleave's attention to detail and dialogue brings Blitz-era London and his engaging characters to life.

Loosely based on the author's grandparents, this heart-wrenching WWII novel covers 3 years in the lives of 4 young Brits. Cleave's attention to detail and dialogue brings Blitz-era London and his engaging characters to life.


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maipenrai
Mar 08, 2020

One of the best WWII novels that I have read. Not quite as excellent as All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, but still one of my recent favorites. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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MrsZimmLovesBooks
Aug 29, 2019

Lots of content to this story; characters are well developed; I found the ending a little disappointing

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lilypad_1
Feb 14, 2019

Beautifully written, characters deeply fleshed out, impact of war on society as a whole and on different parts of society, strong female characters and sympathetic male characters-not the usual stories of men in trenches. I wanted to skip over some parts that were graphic but then would realize I missed some beautiful writing so went back over. Love this author.

BPLpicks Jan 28, 2019

The intensity of the London blitz and the siege of Malta become all too real as I listened to the brilliant audio verson of this title. This character driven novel is not to be missed by readers of The Nightingale, All The Light We Cannot See and The Light Between Oceans.

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Havanacat
Jan 08, 2019

People. "A strikingly honest look at the changes war creates on a country's landscape and its people."

s33meread Dec 15, 2018

The plot moves a bit slow, but if you stay with it, you will be treated to the most beautiful descriptions and imagery. It's "Home Fires" and a bit of "Downton Abbey " all in one. I loved it.

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dpcheney
Oct 13, 2018

This is a very entertaining read. The characters brought to life with their sarcastic British humor, but are also flawed, and the main basis of the novel is essentially a study in how imperfect our lives are, and that of society, when even faced with enormous challenges, revert to basic instincts and prejudices. What sins are permissible even in a deathly struggle? What portions of our society are worth saving, which are abhorrent? The fact that one of the main characters' pre war career was to restore paintings plays nicely with the story. Also, I shall never open a jar of preserves without appreciation again.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

The friendship relationships in this one were truly special. I enjoyed the witty dialog and the subtle use of deep affection and loyalty to develop them. However I found the romances to be tedious and overly complicated. The coverage of the WWII bombing of London and the prejudices suffered by African Americans was interesting. There were some well written parts but mostly I felt the emphasis was on moving the story quickly along, sacrificing meaningful moments that might resonate with the reader.

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r0cdjmg
Mar 19, 2018

I liked the story and the characters but it was very sad.

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becker
Aug 27, 2017

There is no end to the amount of World War II fiction that is available and I have read a lot of it. Yet each book seems to offer a different perspective or experience of the same story and I never seem to grow tired of it. Everyone Brave is Forgiven takes the chaos of the war and then zooms the story down to 4 individual lives. 4 friends who all have their own unique personal journey through the war but who connect in ways that I found very touching. It demonstrates the impact of war not only on the personal level but also on the person's role in society. Where do we fit? Where do we belong, and how does the war change all the rules?

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