“The boy was everything to her. Small and unruly, he had a nervy way about him like a wild creature caught in the open. All the dark hearts of the lost, the found, and the never forgotten lived in his child’s body, in his quick eyes. She loved him with the same unforgiving force that pushes forests from the deep ground, but still she feared it was not enough to keep him.”
In her debut novel, Amanda Hodgkinson presents us with a family reunited following six years of separation. The year is 1946 and the family is Polish, having lived through unimaginable circumstances that only a war can bring. After living through the unthinkable, how does a family return to a “normal” life? That is the theme of 22 Britannia Road.
This is a beautiful and haunting novel. I can’t say enough good things about it! The story is absolutely engrossing and Hodgkinson’s eloquent prose is the icing on the cake. This is a novel that deserves to be discussed – its themes of safety, love and redemption are threaded throughout. Definitely one of my favorites this year!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011