Home Fires by Elizabeth Day
A Novel

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Day is given to telling us things we could figure out for ourselves, but the real problem is the lack of events or emotional variety in this well-intentioned but flat story.
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A stunning portrait of a family bookended by war, Home Fires explores the legacy of loss, the strictures of class, and the long road to redemption.

Max Weston, twenty-one and a newly commissioned lance corporal, leaves home for his first posting in central Africa. Fiercely patriotic and a natural leader, he is eager to make a difference.

He never comes back.

His parents, Caroline and Andrew, are devastated by the death of their only child. Their grief threatens to overwhelm their marriage until the empty space between them is filled by the arrival of Andrew's ninety-eight-year-old mother, Elsa. Always elegant, cutting and critical of Caroline, the old woman is now disabled and disoriented. As she lies in the spare room, the past unspools in Elsa's mind, loosening fragments of her anxious childhood with her mercurial father, who returned from the Great War a changed man.

Under one roof, the Westons come to understand each other in new ways, and the domestic stories of multiple generations coalesce into a potent exploration of the legacies of war and love.
 

About Elizabeth Day

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Elizabeth Day is an award-winning British journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Mail on Sunday, and is now a feature writer for the Observer. Her first novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone, was published in the UK and won a Betty Trask Award. Home Fires marks her U.S. debut. Day grew up in Northern Ireland, and currently lives in London with her husband. Visit her website at www.elizabethdayonline.co.uk.
 
Published November 12, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, War, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 16 2013

Day moves the reader poignantly through different perspectives on personal suffering and heartbreak.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by VIv Groskop on Mar 14 2013

This is an elegant, addictive portrayal of a family at war with its past. A beautifully written novel whose quietly discomfiting tone stays with you for a long while afterwards.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jul 15 2013

Day is given to telling us things we could figure out for ourselves, but the real problem is the lack of events or emotional variety in this well-intentioned but flat story.

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