Monday, 15 March 2010

Great Fiction

Finished March 15
Small Wars by Sadie Jones
This book was captivating, I could hardly put it down.
Set mostly in Cyprus in 1956, it tells the story of Hal and Clara. Hal is a young soldier, moving up quickly through the ranks, now a major. Clara and their toddler twins Meg and Lottie have joined him about a month after his transfer to Cyprus.
The action (small wars) that Hal sees here in Cyprus affect him and their relationship. As Hal finds things different than he imagined, he distances himself from Clara. Clara has also found it difficult to find her place here and Hal's distancing does not help the situation.
A crisis brings things to a head and creates a deeper crisis for the young couple that will change their whole future. This is a difficult story, but a gripping one, and the two main characters are well written and come to life for the reader.

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