A haunting story of the power of death, the pain of loss, and the possibility of hope.
"Gripping, damning, and transfixing."
" . . . possesses a time-bending gravity. . . . [A] small classic of graceful language and earned emotion."
---San Francisco Chronicle
". . . a beautifully written novel of war and the wrenching grief and unanswerable questions it leaves in its wake. . . . A Century of November is full of precise, startling imagery and elegant, richly poetic description---Wetherell seems genuinely incapable of writing a lazy sentence---and this last section of the novel is as surreal, hypnotic and harrowing as any literature in recent memory. The whole thing, in fact, is a jewel, an unforgettable historical novel that Wetherell has carefully (and artfully) seeded with loads of contemporary resonance." ---Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
"A poignant, probing story. . . . Wetherell's prose and character writing are unflinching . . . [and his] take on a parent's anguish is deeply moving."
"A timely reminder of the devastation of mortal combat. . . ."
In a novel set in the early 20th century, Charles Marden, a widower, grows apples in Vancouver. His son, Billy, has been killed during the last days of World War I, and a griefstricken Marden decides to travel to Europe in search of the place where his son died. When he arrives, he goes through a kind of hell as, on the wasteland in Flanders that the battlefields have become, he encounters other seekers, meets the inevitable con men, and slogs through the region's famous mud. His quest, finally, expands to include his son's unexpected girlfriend, Elaine, a young Englishwoman looking for the same thing. Marden does find out the details of his son's death--and also, through Elaine, learns that life can go on. W. D. Wetherell's elegant novel is short, harrowing, and deeply moving. It vividly evokes both its war-torn setting and its 1918 time period.
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- October 3, 2005
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