coventry - a novel by helen humphreys

coventry   (2008)

  • #1 national bestseller
  • one of the globe & mail's top 100 books of 2008
  • one of now magazine's top 10 books of 2008
  • one of the ottawa citizen's top 10 books of 2008
  • shortlisted for the 2009 trillium book award
  • shortlisted for the 2009 canadian authors fiction award
  • new york times editors� choice for 2009

as darkness falls on the evening of november 14, 1940, harriet marsh stands on the roof of the historic coventry cathedral and marvels at the magnificence of 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, the young fire-watcher named jeremy who stands beside her, and his artist mother, maeve, hiding in a cellar, this single night of horror will resonate for the rest of their lives.

"with stark, precise poetry, humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both john hersey's hiroshima and ian mcewan's on chesil beach."
kirkus review (starred review)
"i was born in coventry twenty-five years after the night of bombing that helen humphreys so movingly evokes, and i read this novel as a gift � to me and to my hometown. but it's also much more than this. meticulously researched and vividly imagined, this is a historical novel that in its unflinching depiction of the horrors visited on civilian populations by aerial bombing powerfully resonates through the years to our present moment. as such it's a gift to us all."
peter ho davies (author of the welsh girl)
"humphreys's simple, declarative sentences reel us into the novel and never let us go. she captures, most alluringly, the joyful and solitary nature of the human heart…"
the globe and mail
"a beautifully sculpted, meticulously researched work…"
the gazette (montreal)
"this small jewel of a book, about the german bombing of the british city of coventry on the night of nov. 14, 1940, focuses on the lives of three people: harriet, a widow not fully recovered from the death of her husband in the first world war; maeve, an artist whose life has not turned out the way she had wanted; her son, jeremy, 22, who spends the night with harriet traversing coventry's deadly streets looking for maeve. humphreys utilises her superb poet's eye to turn all the twisted metal, broken buildings and wrecked lives the nearly 12 hours of relentless bombing produced, into literary art. that the story loses none of its power and ugliness through the use of such beautiful imagery is quite an accomplishment."
the ottawa citizen

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