We That Are Left

We That Are Left

eBook - 2015
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A New York Times Editors' Choice

A Washington Post "Notable Fiction Book of 2015"

"[A] lavishly detailed historical novel that doesn't just recreate the past but alters your perception of it."-- New York Times Book Review

"As always, [Clark's] environments are deliciously luxe. . . With splendid breadth and depth, We That Are Left accommodates an era's worth of historical reverberations within the confines of its highly polished rooms."-- Washington Post

Growing up at Ellinghurst, their crumbling family estate, all three Melville children dream of escape. Headstrong Jessica yearns for the glitter and glamor of London while Phyllis longs to attend university. The adored Theo, meanwhile, eclipses everyone around him. None of the children take much notice of Oskar Grunewald, their mother's science-obsessed godson, who instead seeks refuge in Ellinghurst's enormous library.

But when the cataclysm of the Great War devastates the Melvilles' world and reshapes their futures, Jessica and Phyllis must forge new paths in a world that no longer plays by the old rules. As Oskar is drawn reluctantly back into the Melville family fold, his life entwines with theirs in ways that will transform all of their futures forever.

In We That Are Left , Clare Clark brings us a new story of an old family whose reckoning with change will haunt and resonate for many generations.

" We That Are Left is still haunting me. It offers an utterly convincing sense of period; a story that tugs at you; characters who are surprising, tender, hurt; emotions crushed, misunderstood, exploding; on every page the unresolved intensity of real life."--William Nicholson, author of Lovers of Amherst
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544130166
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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EmilyEm
Feb 28, 2017

Two sisters, Phyllis and Jessica, along with their mother’s godson Oscar inhabit a story set in England’s New Forest and the family’s Ellinghurst Castle, in the years surrounding the Great War. Changing times and family secrets with unseen consequences shadow the characters.

Clare Clark deftly weaves a fictional family story with real historical characters and events that made this much more than a Downton Abbey-like tale. I would agree much more to comparisons with writers like Pat Barker later trilogy of ‘Life Class,’ ‘Toby’s Room,’ and ‘Noonday’ or even Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonement.’ Excellent writing, enjoyable reading.

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jr3083
Jul 14, 2015

A 'Big House' book set in post WWI England where a young boy is overawed by the daughters of the wealthy family who own Ellinghurst. It's well researched but a little bit Mills-and-Boon-sy with more than a whiff of Downton Abbey. Nonetheless, a comfortable and enjoyable read.

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