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A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster.

On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.

In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war. As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one. The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.

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"Kane adroitly weaves together various theories and gives a sense of the grim succor that assigning blame can provide grief-stricken citizens....[A] deft, vivid first novel." Kirkus Reviews

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"I began reading this story hoping it would aim my judgment at some one person who had made the fatal mistake. But The Report cracks that hope and replaces it — as only the bravest novels can do — with a vivid exploration of the events themselves in all their disquieting tangles. This book shows us that the single sin for which judgment hopes is a lie. The truth is not one misstep but a horde of them, hidden in a tunnel that this novel brilliantly excavates." Salvatore Scibona, author of The End

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As Magistrate Laurence Dunne investigates the deaths of 173 people on the steps of a London Tube Station during World War II, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one.

Synopsis:

A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster

On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.

In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war. As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one. The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.

About the Author

Jessica Francis Kane is the author of a collection of stories, Bending Heaven. Her work has appeared in McSweeneys, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Missouri Review.

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ISBN:
9781555975654
Author:
Kane, Jessica Francis
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
London (England) History.
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Literature-A to Z
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Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100831
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Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.63 x 0.785 in

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Product details 256 pages Graywolf Press - English 9781555975654 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kane adroitly weaves together various theories and gives a sense of the grim succor that assigning blame can provide grief-stricken citizens....[A] deft, vivid first novel."
"Review" by , "I began reading this story hoping it would aim my judgment at some one person who had made the fatal mistake. But The Report cracks that hope and replaces it — as only the bravest novels can do — with a vivid exploration of the events themselves in all their disquieting tangles. This book shows us that the single sin for which judgment hopes is a lie. The truth is not one misstep but a horde of them, hidden in a tunnel that this novel brilliantly excavates."
"Synopsis" by , As Magistrate Laurence Dunne investigates the deaths of 173 people on the steps of a London Tube Station during World War II, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one.
"Synopsis" by ,
A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster

On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.

In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war. As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one. The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.

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