Motherland by William Nicholson
A Novel

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...unfortunately, Mr. Nicholson buries a gem of an idea in a morass of predictability.
-NY Journal of Books

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From an Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, an epic novel of love and loss and the long shadows war leaves behind.

Summer, 1942. Kitty, an army driver stationed in Sussex, meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer with Combined Ops. She falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. Both men go off to war, and Ed wins the highest military honor for his bravery. But sometimes heroes don’t make the best husbands.

Motherland follows Kitty, Ed, and Larry from wartime England and the brutally tragic Dieppe raid to Nazi-occupied France, India after the war, and Jamaica before independence. Against this ever-changing backdrop—as they witness history being made and participate in the smaller dramas of romance, friendship, and parenthood—these three friends make choices that will determine the challenges and triumphs of their lives. But the insistent current running through all they experience is the unacknowledged tension of the love triangle that binds them together and must somehow be resolved.

Written by an award-winning screenwriter whose novels have earned extraordinary critical praise, Motherland is a compelling, page-turning narrative brimming with stunning war scenes, pageantry, politics, and questions about faith and art, as well as quiet, intimate moments of passion, doubt, and longing. Above all, it is a great love story about three people struggling to find happiness and meaning amid war and its aftermath.
 

About William Nicholson

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William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is also the author of several young adult and fantasy novels and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 466 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Ben East on Mar 17 2013

In his new novel Motherland, set during and immediately after the second world war...But the flip-side is that there are regular pages of unmediated dialogue, as if Nicholson has tired of having to do something as boring as describing deep emotion.

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Good
Reviewed by Clare Clark on Mar 07 2013

Nicholson is a deceptively simple stylist but Motherland is a profound and moving novel; a tender and compassionate meditation on love and God and duty and how to be good.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Apr 09 2013

...unfortunately, Mr. Nicholson buries a gem of an idea in a morass of predictability.

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