Teenage drama, sexual awakening, and the working class evacuees of wartime Britain. This is the coming of age autobiography of Bob Munro and his experience of growing up during the Second World War. Told with skill and wit, this account reveals the reality of growing up in a world overshadowed by the daily threat of invasion. Having won a scholarship to a minor public school, Bob's life is then turned upside down when he and other evacuees are taken into the countryside of wartime Britain with its ethos of 'make do and mend', where the divisions between the upper echelons of society and the working class are still all too clear. Passed from family to family, he experiences the highs and lows of those pushed and pulled by the tides of the Second World War. From the worry in the initial departure from home to the uncertainty of reception on the other end, there is no knowing just what the outcome of evacuation will be. But when he ends up billeted with the vivacious Mary Stavin and her kind family, things start looking up - as long as Mary's parents don't get wind of the teenage drama unfolding beneath their noses. A coming of age tale of the first twenty years of a young man's life, 'Autobiography of a Nobody' is much more than a simple life story; it offers an insight into a fascinating era of history, told with wit and skill through the eyes of a young boy having to contend with the reality of war as well as all the growing pains of an ordinary teenager.
At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has answered an ad to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards's two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened. With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart that has led her to be called "an author at one with her metier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.
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