BESTSELLING CATEGORY: We Must Be Brave is historical fiction at its most satisfying and will be the perfect next book for fans of sweeping World War II fiction. It holds the powerful emotional notes and moving family storytelling that’s made novels like The Nightingale, The Women in the Castle, Lilac Girls, We Were the Lucky Ones, and The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir such big hits.
BREAKOUT AND BOOK CLUB POTENTIAL: Packed with nuanced writing about marriage, love, motherhood, poverty, community, and war, this novel is perfect for book clubs and on-trend with the big fiction of the past few years. It’s the kind of sweeping, emotional fiction readers crave.
STUNNING PROSE: Frances Liardet is an award-winning author and her writing is truly gorgeous. Pamela feels like a living, breathing child, all stubbornness and delight, and the English countryside and village life bustle around you on the page. The quality of writing here will be a strong hook for readers and for review coverage.
FASCINATING HISTORY: The novel begins with the real-life bombing of Southampton in November and December of 1940, known as “Southhampton’s Blitz.” Liardet, who is British, opens wide the English mindset at the time to explore what this violence meant for the people of Southampton and the surrounding villages, painting a portrait of England at a time of catastrophic change.
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN: We will publish simultaneously with Fourth Estate/HarperCollins in the UK.
“Be prepared to surrender—to Liardet’s gorgeous prose, her haunting storyline, and the question that will lodge in your heart long after you’ve finished: What would I have done? For anyone who has ever loved a child, this stirring debut will work its way indelibly into the folds of your memory, and of your heart.”—Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones
“This is storytelling at its best. Wise, generous and captivating.” - Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man
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