The Evening Chorus: A Novel

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Harper Perennial, Feb 3, 2015 - Fiction - 304 pages

The brilliant new novel about love, war and the ways of escape

Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter, an English officer, spends the Second World War in a German POW camp. While other prisoners plan daring escapes, James begins studying a pair of redstarts near the camp. His interest in the birds captures the attention of the Kommandant, giving James cause to fear for his life. Meanwhile, back in England, James’s young wife, Rose, falls headlong into a passionate affair with another man. When James’s sister, Enid, loses everything during the Blitz in London, she comes to stay with Rose, and the two women form a surprising friendship that alters the course of all three of their lives.

Humphreys, the award-winning and bestselling author of six novels and two works of non-fiction, returns to the Second World War with her most exquisite, powerful novel yet. The Evening Chorus is a brilliant evocation of an unforgettable time and place and a natural history of both the war and the human heart.

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User Review  - Anietzerck - LibraryThing

Love in the time of war. This book tells the story of Rose, a young bride at the start of World War II and her husband, a soldier and bird watcher. The multiple points of view let you inside the main ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

For a relatively short book there is a lot packed into it. And, of course, given the author the writing is lyrical. James Hunter's plane is shot down on his very first mission. When he is picked up by ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

HELEN HUMPHREYS is an acclaimed and award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her work includes the novel Machine Without Horses, The Evening Chorus, Coventry and Afterimage and her non-fiction includes The Ghost Orchard and The Frozen Thames, as well as the memoir Nocturne. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Toronto Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.

 

 

 

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