Praise for Henry Green:
"Seductive and pleasing...[an]original and engaging author, who wrote about social class--or, rather, the social classes, all of them--with a mordancy and affection that have seldom been surpassed...Henry Green wrote the way he did, in other words, because he couldn't write any other way; he was not a fabulist but a realist, who described the world just as he experienced it." Charles McGrath, "The New York Times"
"Green's working aesthetic was delicate, allusive, and cryptic... He could produce a vivid image with a minimum of words...Green himself ardently mixes darkness and light, and his work must always appeal to those readers who, like him, do not fear life's inevitable contradictions." Brooke Allen, "New Criterion"
"One of the most piquant and original English writers not only of his generation but of the century." John Updike, "The New Yorker""
From the Back Cover
When war breaks out, Roe, a well-to-do widower with a young son, Christopher, volunteeers for the Auxiliary Fire Service in London, and is trained under a professional fire officer, Pye. The two men discover that quite a different link already exists between them: it was Pye's strange, disturbed sister who once upon a time abducted Christopher and kept him in her room until Pye rescued the terrified child. As each of them grapples with his own troubled emotional attachments, the one to his son and dead wife, the other to his unhappy sister, their relationship intensifies. The inevitable crisis sparks when, just as in the World War raging around them, history shows signs of repeating itself.
"A strange, sombre story with moments of almost melodramatic intensity, invoking the very special ambience of wartime London" Brian Fallon, Irish Times