Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon

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In April 1940, as the Nazis march into Denmark, Sydney Brant, a wealthy girl of the Dundee summer colony, marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss. They believe they are well matched, as young lovers do, but Laurus's beloved family is in Copenhagen, hostage to what the fortunes of Hitler's war will bring. By the time the war is over, Laurus's family has played an active role in Denmark's grassroots rescue of virtually all seven thousand of the country's Jews. Meanwhile, in America, Sydney has led a group knitting for the war effort, and had a baby.

Combining the story of one long American twentieth-century marriage with one of the most stirring stories of World War II, Leeway Cottage is a beautifully written tour de force of a novel.


About Beth Gutcheon

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Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The wounds inflicted by bad parenting, the complexities of a flawed but enduring marriage, and Denmark's resistance to the Nazis: three compelling themes awkwardly yoked together in this ambitious latest from Gutcheon (More Than You Know, 2000, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Leeway Cottage (P.S.)

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In this sprawling family epic, Gutcheon (More Than You Know ) chronicles how an unlikely marriage endures over the course of the 20th century. The novel is anchor

Feb 28 2005 | Read Full Review of Leeway Cottage (P.S.)

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Laurus is a lovely, soulful character, but the volley of "surprise" twists launched at book's end --- ostensibly to fill in the blanks of his life --- seemed to me neither electrifying nor enlightening.

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