Wake

Wake

by Anna Hope
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Wake by Anna Hope

Anna Hope’s brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives.
 
Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath.
 
London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Many are still haunted by the war: Hettie, a dance instructress, lives at home with her mother and her brother, who is mute after his return from combat. One night Hettie meets a wealthy, educated man and finds herself smitten with him. But there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. . . . Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange, through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, she looks for solace in her adored brother, who has not been the same since he returned from the front. . . . Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door, seemingly with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out-of-work veterans. But when he utters the name of her son, Ada is jolted to the core.
 
The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.

Advance praise for Wake
 
“Hope’s unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain’s classic memoir Testament of Youth in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the Great War. . . . Hope reaches beyond the higher echelons of society to women of different social classes, all linked by their reluctance to bid goodbye to the world the conflict has shattered.”The New York Times Book Review

Wake is a tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gives us a moving and original glimpse into the haunted peace after the Great War, her characters drawn by the gravity of the unmarked, the unknown, and perhaps, finally, the unhoped for.”—Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee
 
Wake is a compelling and emotionally charged debut about the painful aftermath of war and the ways—small, brave, or commonplace—in which we keep ourselves going. It touches feelings we know, and settings—dance halls, war fronts, queues outside the grocer’s—that we don’t. I loved it.”—Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
 
Wake is powerful and humane, a novel that charms and beguiles. Anna Hope’s characters are so real, flawed, and searching, and her prose so natural, one almost forgets how very great a story she is telling.”—Sadie Jones, author of The Uninvited Guests
 
“Using telling detail, Hope creates a vibrant physical and emotional landscape in which her leading characters, and a sea of others, move irresistibly into the future, some having found resolution, others still in search. Fresh, confident, yet understated, Hope’s first work movingly revisits immense tragedy while also confirming her own highly promising ability.”Kirkus Reviews


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812995145
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 24,809
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Anna Hope studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then received an M.A. in creative writing at Birkbeck. She lives in London.

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WAKE 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In fact I was surprised at how good this book is. You see I read so many books it's what I have done for 40+years in publishing. It's well thought out and researched, simple in its on way yet comes together beautifully. Not a lot of descriptive writing but it honestly doesn't need it. It's a gem and it really sticks with you and make you think about all those young people suddenly ripped out of their sheltered lives. Young people who most likely never been away from their homes. Innocent men and women. And then I think about how the world is today. Hit and runs, drugs, hold ups. Funny we are in our own kind of war, problem is nobody wants to admit let alone open their eyes to see it. Sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional book. It pulls at the heart strings. It details the lives of women crushed by the death and destruction of their loved ones. Well written. It moves between the women stories which helps to keep the reader's attention. Highly recommended. Another great story on the NOOK is the Indie Medalian Award winner - The Partisan by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A++++++++
alwaysareader More than 1 year ago
The human toll that war brings is the central theme of WAKE. It's not just those who are fighting valiantly in the trenches but also those at home who suffer. The differing ways this suffering is dealt with realistically depicted and how a country comes together to honor its war dead is emotionally felt.
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