We That Are Left

We That Are Left

eBook - 2015
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A saga of a British family and the Great War from "one of those writers who can see into the past and help us feel its texture" (Hilary Mantel).

Growing up at Ellinghurst, their crumbling family estate, all three Melville children dream of escape. Headstrong Jessica yearns for the glitter and glamour of London, while Phyllis longs to attend university. The adored Theo, meanwhile, eclipses everyone around him. But none of the children take much notice of Oskar Grunewald, their mother's science-obsessed godson, who seeks refuge in Ellinghurst's enormous library.

Then the cataclysm of the Great War devastates the Melvilles' lives and reshapes their futures, and Jessica and Phyllis must forge new paths in a world that no longer plays by the old rules. As Oskar is drawn reluctantly back into the Melville family fold, his life entwines with theirs in ways that will transform them forever.

One of the Washington Post 's Notable Fiction Books of 2015 and a New York Times Editor's Choice, We That Are Left is "[a] lavishly detailed historical novel that doesn't just recreate the past but alters your perception of it" ( The New York Times Book Review ).
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2015
ISBN: 9780544130166
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 28, 2017

Two sisters, Phyllis and Jessica, along with their mother’s godson Oscar inhabit a story set in England’s New Forest and the family’s Ellinghurst Castle, in the years surrounding the Great War. Changing times and family secrets with unseen consequences shadow the characters.

Clare Clark deftly weaves a fictional family story with real historical characters and events that made this much more than a Downton Abbey-like tale. I would agree much more to comparisons with writers like Pat Barker later trilogy of ‘Life Class,’ ‘Toby’s Room,’ and ‘Noonday’ or even Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonement.’ Excellent writing, enjoyable reading.

Jul 14, 2015

A 'Big House' book set in post WWI England where a young boy is overawed by the daughters of the wealthy family who own Ellinghurst. It's well researched but a little bit Mills-and-Boon-sy with more than a whiff of Downton Abbey. Nonetheless, a comfortable and enjoyable read.

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