Book Rave Contender 2012: Life – An Exploded Diagram


What are you to do when you’re in love, but unsure of when or if that “imminent” nuclear shower is going to occur? Tis better to be active today than radioactive tomorrow! Is this historical fiction set in England during the Cuban Missile Crisis worthy of the Book Rave list? Let us know in the comments!

The Blurb:

Can love survive a lifetime? When working-class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can. After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside–just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden. This time, Clem may not survive. Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet’s latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.