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by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 9 June 2016. ISBN 978-1-780-22905-8
The book is a fascinating investigation of war's
effects on the participants and their families in the years after war
ends.The characters hold the interest
of the reader through their WW1 experiences in France to their lives and the
lives of those around them after the war in 1930s America.The story is not a mystery but a good
story begins in Vermont in 1932 when Jim Stonebridge is interrupted in his
fishing by a noisy aeroplane above him in which a red headed woman holds a mass
of balloons.The woman us Madeleine
Scott and her arrival in the small town marks a change in Jim's life.He lives with his father, a WW1 veteran, on
their apple growing estate with little contact outside.Madeleine's bohemian style excites Jim and
his father into a more cheerful life.
story progresses in alternate sections showing life in 1930s America and the
World War Oneexperiences of Major
Stonebridge and his French Foreign Legion companions.This is a powerful tale showing the emotional
destruction of war for the survivors but also showing the possibilities of
redemption after war.The narrators of
the alternate sections are Obadiah Nelson, a Creole who has also joined the
French Foreign Legion, and Jim.The
figure of the Major looms over both narratives.The Major and Jim travel to Washington to join the Bonus Army and to
witness the growth and fall of a Hooverville - this is powerfully portrayed.
December 1941 gets nearer the crux of the WW1 characters experiences is
revealed.This is a well researched tale
for both eras.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
previous novel Tiger Hills was set in
belongs to the stunning landscapes of Coorg, the setting of Tiger Hills,
her debut novel. Her family history extends for centuries through these hills,
famous for their coffee plantations and often described as the 'Scotland of
India'. She has a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, an MBA from the
Wharton Business School, and was most recently a private equity investor in New
York before moving to join her husband in Toronto in 2010. Tiger Hills
is being translated into 14 languages around the world, including French,
Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew, Hungarian, Dutch, Russian, Slovenian and
Greater Chinese. It has also been longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my
reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15
years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.