Motherland: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 2013 - Fiction - 448 pages
17 Reviews
From an Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, an epic novel of love and loss and the long shadows war leaves behind.

Summer, 1942. Kitty, an army driver stationed in Sussex, meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer with Combined Ops. She falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. Both men go off to war, and Ed wins the highest military honor for his bravery. But sometimes heroes don’t make the best husbands.

Motherland follows Kitty, Ed, and Larry from wartime England and the brutally tragic Dieppe raid to Nazi-occupied France, India after the war, and Jamaica before independence. Against this ever-changing backdrop—as they witness history being made and participate in the smaller dramas of romance, friendship, and parenthood—these three friends make choices that will determine the challenges and triumphs of their lives. But the insistent current running through all they experience is the unacknowledged tension of the love triangle that binds them together and must somehow be resolved.

Written by an award-winning screenwriter whose novels have earned extraordinary critical praise, Motherland is a compelling, page-turning narrative brimming with stunning war scenes, pageantry, politics, and questions about faith and art, as well as quiet, intimate moments of passion, doubt, and longing. Above all, it is a great love story about three people struggling to find happiness and meaning amid war and its aftermath.
  

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The writing in Motherland is pretty good. - Goodreads
Superficial writing and no depth to the characters. - Goodreads
I liked the premise, and the book itself was enjoyable. - Goodreads
Motherland" is much more than a complex love story. - Goodreads
I won't say more as it would give away the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Natalie Cavey - Goodreads

I don't normally go for stories set in wartime but I really enjoyed this. Seeing the characters develop over time and their relationships change was really interesting, especially as it was written ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Narrated from the point of view of idealistic, conscience-ridden Larry, and played out against a backdrop of some of the twentieth century's most significant historical events, this is the story of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
33
Section 3
45
Section 4
51
Section 5
62
Section 6
74
Section 7
82
Section 8
90
Section 21
245
Section 22
261
Section 23
271
Section 24
282
Section 25
292
Section 26
308
Section 27
315
Section 28
327

Section 9
100
Section 10
120
Section 11
125
Section 12
136
Section 13
154
Section 14
168
Section 15
178
Section 16
187
Section 17
200
Section 18
215
Section 19
226
Section 20
236
Section 29
340
Section 30
353
Section 31
362
Section 32
370
Section 33
380
Section 34
398
Section 35
411
Section 36
422
Section 37
425
Section 38
427
Section 39
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About the author (2013)

William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. In addition to his Academy Award–nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is the author of Motherland; several young adult and fantasy novels; and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England.

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