Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris CleaveEveryone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

byChris Cleave

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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The breathtaking new novel set during the Blitz by the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the reader and bookseller favourite, Little Bee.

As World War Two begins, Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.

CHRIS CLEAVE is a columnist for The Guardian in London. His first novel, Incendiary, was published in 20 countries, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His second novel, Little Bee, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Costa Award and the Commonwealth ...
Title:Everyone Brave Is ForgivenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.3 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385685025

ISBN - 13:9780385685023

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chills Some parts of this book were so well written that I got chills. Cleave does a great job of illustrating the uncertainty of wartime.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. I thoroughly enjoyed the perspective of the characters with regards to World War Two. It's difficult to imagine what it would have been like to live through that time but I felt connected to these "average" people and their experience. Well done.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite This was my first Chris Cleave novel & I loved it. I have read a lot of WWII character-driven novels, but this book provided the clearest perspective of the war from the point of view of London's citizens (the continual feeling of despair/trauma; how it changed personalities). The characters were multi-dimensional and their transformations were credible.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever Writing Not a page turner, but the writing is quite clever and the dialogue is fun yet still deals with difficult issues in a respectful way.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into Slow read, hard to get into, I barely finished it.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I love Chris Cleave books but was sadly disappointed with this novel. It was such a slow read and there was no hook for the reader. Too bad!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Read Like some of Chris Cleave's other books, Everyone Brave is Forgiven is character driven. It's a calming read, and you really get to know the characters because of the detail Cleave gives them. I was actually sad when the book ended because, while there aren't any big twists or surprises, I found I really was invested in the characters' stories. I'd recommend this book if you like historical fiction and want to read about a few characters as they live through World War II (with a lot of witty writing that will make you laugh, especially if you have a drier sense of humour!).
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful The remarkable details, relatable characters, and quick wit (along with laugh-out-loud moments) certainly makes this novel a unique and enjoyable WWII read.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as expected Very slow and no big surprising twist. Very disappointing
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite in this genre. Very slow. As someone who has read an enormous amount of fiction that takes place during WWII, I found this book very, very slow. His writing style is lovely- detailed description and backdrop, hence the 3 stars, but over all I was disappointed. It's a shame really as you can tell it was a tremendous amount of work and yet so one dimensional.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was fine.. it put a different, darker twist on the usual WWII love story
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Evocative This book was a favourite of mine this year. The reading wasn't always easy - the characters seemed, at times, impossibly flawed and some of the realities of that time period made for challenging passages. But Cleave manages to find a tone in his writing between light and evocative that made me go back and re-read paragraphs over and over again just to savor them. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... It took me some time to get into this book. I struggled with accepting Mary and her naivety of war in the beginning but eventually came to enjoy the story.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up! The cheeky banter and quick wit in this book gave it a very unique read. I did enjoy it and would recommend!
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Deeply Moving! This is a remarkable story that is incredibly insightful, and deeply moving. The story is set in wartime London, and is told from two perspectives. Mary, a young woman of privilege and class, who decides to help and continues to help with war efforts, even when it seems like she is battling societal ideologies as much as the enemy itself. And Alastair, an art restorer turned officer, who continues to fight for his country, even when all seems bleak and his resilience, strength, and memories of home are all that keep him moving forward. This is story about war, loss, injustice, love, courage, and survival. The writing is precise and poetic. The characters are sympathetic, valiant and real. The descriptive prose is stunning. And the dry wit of the dialogue keeps the story buoyant, above the darkness, and allows you to be impacted but not sunk. Perhaps Kipling’s iconic words say it best, “lest we forget.” This story will resonate with you long after the the final page has been turned. And I have a feeling it won’t be long before it is on book club lists everywhere.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Chris Cleave brings to all of his books an ability to spotlight individuals and their lives, within the overwhelming bigger picture of world events. In this story, he creates flawed characters who find their unique ways through the War, with humanity and humour, inhumanity and love. Beautifully constructed. I love his books.
Date published: 2016-05-16

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerNew York Times BestsellerA New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceA Miami Herald Best BookA Paste Magazine Best BookWinner of the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award"Cleave's foray into historical fiction is both grand and intimate. The novel's ability to stay small and quiet against the raging tableau of war is what also makes it glorious. . . . Cleave crafts an absorbing account of survival, racism, classism, love and pain, and the scars left by all of them. . . . The characters' brave concord is both inspiring and heart-rending, and Cleave's prose is imbued with a Dickensian flair, deploying brilliant metaphors . . . and crackling dialogue." ―The New York Times Book Review"This is a story about love, but not the cinematic kind many wartime romances offer. Instead, it is a story about what violence and uncertainty can take away, and what remains in its place. . . . [Cleave's] oservations on love are not breathless or starry-eyed. They are sad, and real." —Toronto Star"Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is an absorbing, sharply paced novel." —The Guardian (UK)"Cleave is a powerful writer, leaving readers with vivid and uncompromising images and stories. In Little Bee, Incendiary and Gold, he told the truth, unflinchingly. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is the same, and readers won't soon forget it." —Vancouver Sun "Cleave portrays the visceral experiences of war with skill and empathy. . . . With Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Cleave cements his reputation as a skilful storyteller and a sensitive chronicler of the interplay between the political and the personal." —The Observer (UK)"Written with wit and grace. . . . Everyone Brave Is Forgiven asks hard questions with no easy answers, reminding us of the price we pay every day just for being human." —Miami Herald"A superb novel that breathes fresh life into an often brutal scenario. Particularly astute at demonstrating how war seeps into the psyche and changes it, this is beautifully written, funny, gut-wrenching and, above all, honest." —Daily Mail (UK)"Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave's miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout, with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race and wartime morality." —Kirkus Reviews"Cleave unflinchingly exposes the personal hang-ups of his characters as they grapple with hard life choices. He harnesses his immense talent for crafting gorgeously insightful turns of phrase to show us how courage and cowardice sometimes exist side-by-side in the same person. . . . Everyone Brave Is Forgiven . . . is both searing and timeless." —The Seattle Times"A deeply moving new novel from Chris Cleave . . . Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is peopled with richly developed heroes. . . . This is a novel that embraces human confidence that life can be patched and sutured to resemble happier times." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)