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A Novel

Helen Humphreys (Author)

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“Elegant . . . illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people . . . an elegy and a celebration.”—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. For Harriet; for the young fire watcher, Jeremy, standing beside her; and for his artist mother, Maeve, hiding in a cellar, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives. Coventry is a testament to the power of the human spirit, an honest and ultimately uplifting account of heartache transformed into compassion and love.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33755-6
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Packs a tremendous emotional punch . . . adeptly depicts how the random intersection of lives can impact destiny.” — Booklist

“Starred Review. With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both Jon Hersey’s Hiroshima and Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach.” — Kirkus Reviews

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