Coventry: A Novel (Paperback)

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“Elegant . . . illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people . . . an elegy and a celebration.”—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. For Harriet; for the young fire watcher, Jeremy, standing beside her; and for his artist mother, Maeve, hiding in a cellar, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives. Coventry is a testament to the power of the human spirit, an honest and ultimately uplifting account of heartache transformed into compassion and love.

About the Author

Helen Humphreys, a poet and novelist, is the author of The Lost Garden, Afterimage, Leaving Earth, and Coventry. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Praise For…

Packs a tremendous emotional punch . . . adeptly depicts how the random intersection of lives can impact destiny.
— Booklist

Starred Review. With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both Jon Hersey’s Hiroshima and Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach.

— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393337556
ISBN-10: 0393337553
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2010
Pages: 208
Language: English