“War made one do everything when one wasn’t at all ready. Dying, yes, but also living.”
This line is one of my favorites from Chris Cleave’s latest novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven. This intensely-felt story, set in London during the Blitzkrieg, follows four privileged young Londoners as their world falls apart around them.
Inspired by his grandparents’ experience in World War II, Cleave has crafted a moving and compelling story with very real and engaging characters that sharply explores issues of class, race, and wartime morality.