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Wake : a novel

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Hettie, a dance instructress at the Palais, lives at home with her mother and her brother, mute and lost after his return from the war. One night, at work, she meets a wealthy, educated man and has reason to think he is as smitten with her as she is with him. Still there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, more and more estranged from her posh parents, she looks for solace in her adored brother who has not been the same since he returned from the front. Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband of 25 years has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out of work veterans. But when he shows signs of being seriously disturbed and utters the name of her son she is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.

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Stevens Memorial Community Library - Attica HOPE (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9780812995138
  • ISBN: 0812995139
  • Physical Description: 293 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]

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Hettie, a dance instructress at the Palais, lives at home with her mother and her brother, mute and lost after his return from the war. One night, at work, she meets a wealthy, educated man and has reason to think he is as smitten with her as she is with him. Still there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, more and more estranged from her posh parents, she looks for solace in her adored brother who has not been the same since he returned from the front. Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband of 25 years has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out of work veterans. But when he shows signs of being seriously disturbed and utters the name of her son she is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.
Subject: Women > Great Britain > Fiction.
Veterans' families > Great Britain > History > 20th century > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Veterans > Great Britain > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Repatriation of war dead > Great Britain > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / War & Military.
FICTION / Literary.
Great Britain > History > George V, 1910-1936 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.


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