A Novel

Book - 2008
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1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, a German counterattack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied. The seat of British government has fled to Worcester, Churchill to Canada. A network of British resistance cells is all that is left to defy the German army.
Against this backdrop, Resistance opens with Sarah Lewis, a twenty-six-year-old farmer's wife, waking to find her husband, Tom, has disappeared. She is not alone, as all the other women in the Welsh border valley of Olchon wake to find their husbands gone. With this sudden and unexplained absence, the women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait, hoping for news.
Later, a German patrol arrives in the valley, the purpose of their mission a mystery. When a severe winter forces the two groups together, a fragile mutual dependency develops. Sarah begins a faltering acquaintance with the patrol's commanding officer, Albrecht Wolfram, and it is to her that he reveals the purpose of the patrol. But as the pressure of the war beyond presses in on this isolated community, this fragile state of harmony is increasingly threatened.
Imbued with immense imaginative breadth and confidence, Owen Sheers's debut novel unfolds with the pace and intensity of a thriller. A hymn to the glorious landscape of the Welsh border territories and a portrait of a community under siege, Resistance is a first novel of grace and power.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780385522106
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jan 28, 2013

This was a very interesting book for me personally,I spent the 2nd world war in England. I was eight when it started and fourteen when it ended and can still remember it very clearly.One of my cousins brought home a German wife and at first most of the family shunned her but we soon realized she was just like us a victam of circumstances,we all came to love her for herself

Sep 21, 2011

An interesting book about WWII. This one takes the viewpoint of many different people . The setting is in Wales and the main characters are women who have been abandoned by husbands who are believe to have joined the British Resistance. The developing relationship between the German soldiers who are in the farming valley of these women gives the reader a rare glimpse of the german soldiers thoughts and motives. A very enjoyable novel written by a young Welch author.


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