The Night Watch
Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past - whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in sometimes surprising ways. In wartime London, the women work - as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.
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UnderwhelmingUser Review - bettynoire - Borders
Pros: (a few) lovable characters, witty and occaisionally insightful prose Cons: the future-to-past timeline, "witty" little self-references Sarah Waters has been reliable in the past for a good ... Read full review
Henry James RevisitedUser Review - nancd - Overstock.com
I love this book! It so reminded me of reading The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The author does a great job of creating scenes and characters. Kay is one of my new favorite heroines. Read full review