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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number-one New York Times best-selling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.
It's 1939, and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, are mentally disabled, or - like Mary's favorite student, Zachary - have colored skin.
Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and - while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them - further into a new world unlike any they've ever known.
A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave's latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.
©2016 Chris Cleave (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Luke Thompson delivers a fine and nuanced narration of Chris Cleave’s moving new novel... Thompson draws telling vocal portraits of the three very different protagonists; does nice sketches of lesser characters, including an American black child and his father; and paces his delivery perfectly for a story that shuttles between peace and desperation." ( AudioFile)
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2 out of 5 stars
By ACV03 on 12-03-16


Completely foreseen ending, little development. Weakest historical nonfiction yet. Narrator was excellent. Sincerely disappointed, both for loss of time and money.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 05-09-16

Absolutely No

Glib, blithe, hyper, overwritten, excessively plucky, and idiotic with endless dialogue that felt straight out of a Noel Coward play. What's more, I was extremely uncomfortable with what presented itself as a complex exploration of racism during WWII Britain using a child character. However, to my ears, it just sounded instead like plain and simple racism. Nothing about this story holds up to the reality and the horrors of war. There are so many excellent books about home front life during WWII that it's a shame to waste time with this entry into the genre. To me, this book is only for people who enjoy romanticizing the war years. Can't recommend.

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