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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013407531 New Checked out 07/08/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 0063059835
  • ISBN: 9780063059832
  • Physical Description: 293 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2021.

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It's late 1944. In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vee Sedge is barely scraping by with a herd of lodgers to feed and her young charge Noel, almost fifteen now, to clothe and educate. When she witnesses an accident and finds herself in court, the repercussions are both unexpectedly marvelous and potentially disastrous. Because Vee is not actually the person she's pretending to be, and neither is Noel.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 April #2
    This darkly comic novel is the third in a loose trilogy, following Crooked Heart (2015) and Old Baggage (2019), and the characters' backstories are revealed as the plot progresses. In 1944, London's neighborhoods lie battered from attacks by German bombers. Known as an efficient Hampstead landlady, Mrs. Margery Overs is actually an impostor whose real name is Vera (Vee) Sedge, and her 14-year-old "nephew," Noel, is a former child evacuee she has taken in. A charmingly sharp lad, Noel cooks for Vee's lodgers, who tutor him in various subjects. After Vee witnesses a traffic accident, and Noel meets someone who knew his beloved late godmother, their true identities are at risk of being exposed. Evans excels at portraying war-weary Londoners conducting their lives while death arrives with terrible randomness; among them is air-raid warden Winnie Crowther, whose husband is a prisoner of war. Many are forced to weigh the cost of keeping secrets. The eclectic characters are all uniquely human, and their interactions—there are no dull conversations—make the novel witty and moving. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Fiction.
Air raid wardens > England > London > Fiction.
Boardinghouses > Fiction.
Foster parents > Fiction.
False personation > Fiction.
Witnesses > Fiction.
London (England) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
War stories.
Domestic fiction.
War fiction.

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