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The Ways of Mud and Bone by [Lahain, Carrie Ann]
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About the Author

I write literary fiction that crosses into genre territory. Whether historical fiction, romance, mystery or paranormal, my novels are populated by lost people who go through hell to find themselves again. In my fictional worlds, good guys finish first. Eventually.
My biggest passion after writing and my pets is reading. My author site is centered around my book blog, Good Writers Read. So I write. I read. And then I write about what I read. Not a bad way to spend a work day. 
I also love to learn. I received my B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.A. from Rutgers. I also did a stint in culinary school-I make a mean Black Forest Cake. It amazes me how much of what I've studied ends up in my books and stories. I guess a good education really does pay you back.

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  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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This was an unexpected find. The title sounded intriguing, and the description piqued my curiosity.

It made me realize how little we remember about the past, especially wars, as if they had happened in another planet. Indeed, the never ending march of folly...

The story flowed smoothly, alternating between the front in France and the lives of the family in Swann River. It not only reminded us that there was a World War I, but also of the influenza epidemic raging at the time, around 1918. And, of course, of the bigotry of many who could not accept Americans not defending the war. Still, some young women agreed to go and help, especially with wounded soldiers. The wounds some of them received were of a different kind, but also to be expected.

The scenes in France were stunning - I could hear and feel the bombs and the shots and the flames, and could understand the reactions of the people involved. And the characters were excellently portrayed, even the secondary ones.

In all, a very well written novel, one that holds our interest without pause. I am grateful to Carrie Ann Lahain for having allowed me into the world she has created. It will haunt me for some time, but I will also remember the courage of many people who may not have been properly acknowledged. We can do it here, thanks to this novel.
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In Mrs. Lahain's debut novel set in WWI, The Ways of Mud and Bone tells the story of a young American nurse who is sent to France to help tend to wounded soldiers. While she is there, she finds that there is terror and death surrounding her. However, while she is enduring the hardships of the war in France, she is unaware of the problems at home. Throughout her trials, the young nurse, Meryl, strives to find strength, hope, and light during a time of darkness, grief, and destruction.

The story begins with the death of Meryl's cousin Nora's fiance, Teddy, an American soldier who died in battle. Meryl's father is a doctor, and he trains her and her sister, Claire to be nurses. Both Meryl and Claire are accepted into a relief unit program in New York. Shortly afterwards, their relief unit assigns them to France. Before Claire can go to France with her sister, she falls ill, leaving Meryl to go overseas on her own. Meryl, with two other girls, Priscilla and Emma, and two doctors cross the ocean with a reserved army. On the ship, influenza spreads and Meryl catches it. But when they arrive in France, they are surrounded by warfare.

Meryl is very quiet but observant. She does not say much and is usually portrayed as being in the background eclipsed by other spirited characters. Sometimes, she can be impulsive and judgmental at first, but later her judgments change. She is also caring, for she cares about her friends and family.

But while Meryl is in France, the story focuses on Nora, who is managing Meryl's home. Meryl's father is arrested because he is seen as a German sympathizer because he lets Germans stay in their house. She also looks after Claire's well-being, who still has not fully recovered from her sickness.
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‘The Ways of Mud and Bone'. I loved the title and was intrigued by the subject matter: An American point of view on the struggle of the allies during the Great War. Lahain paints a picture of an American community divided by politics, neighbour set against neighbour, with violence never far beneath the surface. Add to this the outbreak of influenza which strikes without discrimination, and you have a small town in meltdown.

France seems almost like an adventure to Meryl, her sister and her friends. She is inspired by a desire to care for the casualties of war and sets off for the front to do what she can. Needless to say, the reality of battle is a shock to the volunteers, even though they believe themselves to be ready for such a challenge. Meryl struggles with the consequences of a world turned upside down, which will never be the same again. She is sensitive and intelligent, unsentimental and pragmatic. Relationships in this novel are subtle, understated. We have to read between the lines, sense the meaning of simple gestures. But against the horrific backdrop of chaos and death, in action scenes that are all too realistic, there is still room for hope.

I read a little everyday, often sneaking off to find out what happened next, wanting a sliver more to mull over. I held the dwindling pages (I bought the book, but I see it is available on Kindle too), and wished that Meryl’s story could continue. Highly recommended – a literary gem.
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There is so much to admire in this novel. The writing is accomplished, the characters are well-rounded, and the story flows beautifully.

The Ways of Mud and Bone takes place during the final year of World War 1. Meryl Goodson, a 19-year-old American, leaves behind her small town life to join an overseas relief unit in France. The novel describes both Meryl's experiences in the war and her family's troubles back home in a community divided by the war and ravaged by the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Meryl's story is compelling and she is a likeable character—compassionate, courageous, and thoughtful. But the secondary characters—those with Meryl in France and in her hometown—are just as intriguing. The war scenes are visceral as is the rampant discrimination stateside. Meryl's father, a doctor, is throw in jail for speaking out against the war and a German family in town suffers violent attacks.

The novel is well researched—Lahain's details of the time period add such authenticity you really feel as if you're there. The plot moves steadily along; I had a difficult time putting the book down and spent most of a Saturday reading it. The Ways of Mud and Bone is a book that stays with you partly because of the fascinating history of the Great War but mostly on the strength of Lahain's endearing characters.
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