· Random House Reader’s Circle: In your highly anticipated second novel The Summer Before the War you transport readers to the small Sussex town of Rye. It’s the summer of , right before the start of World War I, when everything is on the brink of change. What was life like at this time and why did you want to set your story at this moment?Brand: Diversified Publishing.
The Summer Before the War is a novel of historic fiction by Helen Simonson in which residents from the southeastern rural English town of Rye prepare for, and deal with the early days of World War I. Central to the story are the characters of Hugh Grant and Beatrice Nash.
Helen Simonson’s bestselling novel The Summer Before the War tells the story of a quaint English town during the summer of , just before England is plunged into WWI. Although Simonson’s work starts as a comedy of manners, gently poking fun at the political machinations of small-town society in the manner of the TV show “Downton Abbey,” The Summer Before the War goes past the timeframe of .
· THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR. A bright confection of a book morphs into a story of dignity and backbone. Simonson follows Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (), her charming debut, with another comedy of manners nestled in a British village.
· THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR. By Helen Simonson. pp. Random House. $ Those whose imaginary escape route leads to earlyth-century Rye, the town in Sussex, England, where Helen Simonson’s Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins.
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