Coventry Paperback – 30 Jul 2009
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"Starred Review. With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both John Hersey's Hiroshima and Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Helen Humphreys, a poet and novelist, is the author of The Lost Garden, Afterimage, Leaving Earth, and Coventry. She lives in Kingston, Ontario. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Harriet is on fire watch duty, as a favour to her neighbour - she was widowed during the first months of the last war. During the long and eventful night Harriet meets Jeremy, a young man recently moved to Coventry. Through flash backs to events over 20 years ago, the reader soon realises that Harriet and Jeremy have a link. Their link is Maeve; Jeremy's mother who Harriet met years ago and spent just a couple of hours with and has not seen since.
Helen Humphrey writes beautifully, her sparse prose really brings the terrible events of the night alive and her characterisation of Harriet, Maeve and Jeremy is excellent.
Although only a short novel, this is a vivid and sometimes breathtaking read. Not just about the horrors and loss caused by war, but about lost loves, rememberance, family and friends relationships and at times, desperation.
'Coventry' has been compared to Ian McEwan's 'On Chesil Beach' - I think it is a far better story with believeable characters and a writing style that pulls the reader in from page one.
At any rate, Helen Humphreys, the author of this book, does not touch upon this question of British air strategy, though she has evidently done a great deal of research on the subject of the bombing.Read more ›