The Dynamite Room: A Novel by Jason HewittThe Dynamite Room: A Novel by Jason Hewitt

The Dynamite Room: A Novel

byJason Hewitt

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

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"Accomplished, resonant and surprising" (Guardian)--a debut for fans of SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER.

In July 1940, eleven-year-old Lydia escapes life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives home to her English village, gas mask in tow, only to find it abandoned. Her family's house is shuttered and empty. Lydia settles in though, determined to wait out the war.

Later that night he arrives: a wounded soldier, gun-wielding, heralding a full-blown German invasion. He says he won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.

The unlikely pair coexists in their claustrophobic confines, becoming dependent on each other for survival. Lydia soon realizes that the soldier knows more than he should about her family--and that he's plotting something for them both.

Eerie, gripping, and incredibly moving,The Dynamite Roombrings an original and contemporary resonance to the great tradition of war classics.<_u53a_p>

Jason Hewitt is a playwright and actor. He was born in Oxford and lives in London.The Dynamite Roomis his first novel.
Title:The Dynamite Room: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 1.12 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316327654

ISBN - 13:9780316327657

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular The writing is evocative, claustrophobic but also beautiful, and just so well done. But my favourite part is, by far, the characterization. Lydia is a phenomenal character. When I think about girls narrating books about war, I automatically compare them to Briony from Atonement. And it's especially easy to make that comparison in this case, with their shared interest in writing. Lydia doesn't waver under this comparison. With her practicality and her imagination, she's an engaging, wonderful character. And Heiden... Heiden was someone I couldn't stand at first, for obvious reasons. I didn't care about his army missions, I didn't care about his girlfriend, I didn't care about his backstory... until about halfway through the book, when I suddenly cared a lot. Well done to the author for having made this character equal parts sympathetic and creepy. Thank you to the publisher and goodreads for a free copy of the Dynamite room. This is a gem of a book, and I'm so happy to have had a chance to read it.
Date published: 2016-11-08

Editorial Reviews

"The Dynamite Room explores what can happen to a good person swept up in a bad cause, and how the maelstrom of war sears its youngest victims. The themes of the novel run closely to those of another recent work, All the Light we Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. In the hands of writers less skilled than Hewitt and Doerr, these novels might have been horror stories of rape and murder. Hewitt, however, poses some profound questions: What if the wolf who comes to the door has the soul of a musician? What if he is self-aware enough to have retained his sense of right and wrong?"-Washington Independent Review of Books