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Coventry (Paperback)

Author:  Helen Humphreys
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1554684773
ISBN-13: 9781554684779
Sku: 211303023
Publish Date: 7/3/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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Two English women struggle to survive and keep hope alive during the two World Wars. Harriet and Maeve meet on a bus, in 1914, just as the English are getting involved in the conflict that will escalate into World War I. The women forge a quick emotional bond, discussing Harriet's husband being called to duty and Maeve's aching loneliness. The war intercedes, however, and the women go their separate ways. Twenty-five years later, Harriet encounters Jeremy, Maeve's son, amidst the rubble of the German bombing of Coventry. He reminds Harriet of her lost husband, stirring long forgotten emotions as the two desperately search to find Jeremy's mother.

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"[COVENTRY] deals in visceral detail with a city under siege....[where] war's radical cognitive dissonance comes to vivid life." - Adam Haslett 03/15/2009

"[T]his slim, stunning novel by Canadian author Helen Humphreys is so vivid, you can almost taste the acrid smoke and feel the panic of a merciless bombardment....With a poet's sensitivity, Humphreys captures the blind, lethal insanity of war. She also bears witness to the brief, affirming bonds that can form under such vicious assault." - Misha Berson 03/12/2009

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