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"Hope's confident, well-crafted debut follows a trio of English women during the grim years after WWI, when no British family was left unscathed. Consequently, the novel is pervaded by a sense of absence and constant aching that underlies the women's need to carry on. Ada, a grieving mother, is consumed by her son's death; Hettie, a dance hall girl, waits resentfully for her shell-shocked brother to find a job; and Evelyn, a worker in a veterans' relief office, takes pride in her ability to bury her emotional self, a quality which keeps her at her desk years after coworkers have quit. Each of the women's lives is defined by loss, and as the book progresses, the stories of their dead and broken men begin to mesh. The overwhelming devastation of the war would be enough to justify the depressive grayness of the book, but Hope darkens the mood further by presenting a single tragedy from several perspectives. Though these characters may not be granted closure, they do get a chance at freedom." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Anna Hope studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then received an M.A. in creative writing at Birkbeck. She lives in London.

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Melinda Ott, June 30, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Let's start this off with the obvious point of this book. This is not an "upper" book. I've been reading quite a few Jazz Age books and, chronologically, this falls at the beginning of that time period. However, I can't put this book in the same group. For one thing, most of the other books were set in the United States, which had a much different World War I experience than England, where Wake is set. Also, unlike those other Jazz Age books, Wake is a novel that looks to the past instead of to the future.

I write that all not as a complaint, but as an explanation. You see, this book is about loss and lack of closure. The women here--Hettie, Evelyn, and Ada--have all found themselves in a sort of limbo. Each had a man or boy close to them in the War and they are not dealing with the of the conflict. Hope does an exquisite job of conveying the anguish these women experience, even though each expresses it in a different way.

I do wish that Hope had started to tie the three storylines together sooner in the book. I spent much of the first third a bit detatched from the book because I couldn't find anything to anchor the different narratives together. That being said, I was blown away by the prose in this book. As this is Hope's first book, I am anxiously waiting to read more from her.

This is a moving and impressive debut novel and one that I would recommend to anyone who can handle more emotionally heavy fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812995138
Author:
Hope, Anna
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Military
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
wwi;historical fiction;fiction;london;england
Subject:
world war 1;historical fiction;historical novels;literary fiction;family;historical romance
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.52 x 6.42 x 1.06 in 1.1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hope's confident, well-crafted debut follows a trio of English women during the grim years after WWI, when no British family was left unscathed. Consequently, the novel is pervaded by a sense of absence and constant aching that underlies the women's need to carry on. Ada, a grieving mother, is consumed by her son's death; Hettie, a dance hall girl, waits resentfully for her shell-shocked brother to find a job; and Evelyn, a worker in a veterans' relief office, takes pride in her ability to bury her emotional self, a quality which keeps her at her desk years after coworkers have quit. Each of the women's lives is defined by loss, and as the book progresses, the stories of their dead and broken men begin to mesh. The overwhelming devastation of the war would be enough to justify the depressive grayness of the book, but Hope darkens the mood further by presenting a single tragedy from several perspectives. Though these characters may not be granted closure, they do get a chance at freedom." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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