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"Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her." --Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with the Pearl Earring
Fresh off her triumphantly assured debut novel The Outcast, award-winning author Sadie Jones has again delivered a quiet masterpiece in Small Wars. Set on the colonial, war-torn island of Cyprus in 1956, Jones tells the story of a young solider, Hal Treherne, and the effects of this "small war" on him, his wife Clara, and their family. Reminiscent of classic tales of love and war such as The English Patient and Atonement, Jones's gripping novel also calls to mind the master works of Virginia Woolf and their portrayal of the quiet desperation of a marriage in crisis. Small Wars is at once a deeply emotional, meticulously researched work of historical fiction and a profound meditation on war-time atrocities committed both on and off the battlefield.
“In lean, penetrating prose...Jones serves her themes most potently with an unflinching tumble of violent encounters that effectively transform Hal’s liberation...into a haunting act of transcendence.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A taut and transfixing novel… [Jones is] a gifted young author.”
“A darkly compelling account of honor and disillusionment with contemporary resonance…a confirmation of [Jones’s] considerable talent.”
“Ambitious and thematically charged…A timely novel, as well as a harrowing one”
-Christian Science Monitor
“To this grave account of degradation—from great wars to small, from certainty to doubt, from romance to resignation—Jones brings surprising reserves of energy and finesse.”
-Donna Rifkind, Washington Post