- Publisher: Sceptre (January 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473626862
- ISBN-13: 978-1473626867
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 820 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2016: We’ve been wondering lately: What is the secret sauce that makes novels like Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale so popular, stories set against the backdrop of WWII? Whatever it is, it made me approach Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave is Forgiven with a particularly wary eye. Sure, it’s got all of the ingredients—heroes and heroines who are flawed yet admirable. Check! A love story that manages to be poignant without being precious. Check! It even has cover art that is, as an astute colleague put it, a little cartoonish but appealingly “Disney-London.” If you’re a terrible cook like me, however, you know that you can have all of the right ingredients and still concoct something utterly inedible. But this couldn’t be farther from the case with ‘Brave,’ which was inspired by love letters that Cleave unearthed from his grandparents. The non-love story aspects of this novel are just as compelling, and add a layer of gravitas to a story that could easily slip into “sudsy” territory. These parts provide a chilling reminder that it wasn’t just the Jews who were marginalized and punished during WWII, but black children, poor children, and the otherwise “different” or disenfranchised. Moreover, through the character of Mary North, ‘Brave’ emphasizes the importance of challenging injustices. This timeless message is another key ingredient in what is sure to be another beloved (WWII) novel. --Erin Kodicek --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"A raw look at vulnerability, accountability and survival." "--Chatelaine"
"An immensely readable and moving second novel. . . . Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice . . . The character and voice of Little Bee reveal Cleave at his finest. . . . An affecting story of human triumph." "--The New York Times Book Review"
"Cleave has a Zola-esque ability to write big and deeply. . . . [He] makes the reader think about political issues and care about his characters." "--Calgary Herald"
"Enthralling." "--The Globe and Mail"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The bulk of the book delves into the darkness of enduring air raids, fighting in the war, dealing with grief and guilt, as well as issues of race and class. How does one stay true to who they are and their ideals during such trying times? Characters cling to what they can to get them through, survive, and continue living, no matter how heavy the burden and despite random death and destruction.
The experience of reading this book reminds of having the stomach bug, and when you come out the other side you realize how beautiful it is to have a sip of water, that the socialized world is a mere illusion, that the simple things in life are more than enough. And so there is light at the conclusion of the book. The characters emerge from their trials scarred, yet finding the strength to carry on and begin again.