'You know what they say about GIs and English girls' knickers,' ran the wartime joke, 'One Yank and they're off.' When Gloria met Ron, he was an American pilot who thought nothing of getting hit by shrapnel in the cockpit.
She was working in a munitions factory in Bristol during the Blitz, but still found time to grab what she wanted - ciggies, sex, American soldiers.
But war has an effect on people. Gloria did all sorts of things she wouldn't normally do - evil things, some of them - because she might be dead tomorrow, or someone might.
Now, fifty years on, it's payback time. In her old folks' home, Gloria is forced to remember the real truth about her and Ron, and confront the secret at the heart of her dramatic home front story.
In a gripping, vibrant evocation of wartime Britain, Liz Jensen explores the dark impulses of women whose war crimes are committed on the home front, in the name of sex, survival, greed, and love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/04/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747561460
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Review by birdy47
I loved this book. It's the third Liz Jensen book I've read now and I love her quirkiness, her characters really draw you in.Will be looking for more in the library.
Review by silentq
Gloria is an old lady in a home, prone to being racists and a bit homophobic, and verbally abusive to her relatives. She's also been suppressing a lot of stuff that happened near the end of WWII, like what happened with her sister and Ron and babies. The story jumps back and forth between present day and the past, and the secrets are slowly revealed as she remembers and admits what happened. It reminded me a bit of The Night Watch by Sarah Waters.
Review by cathymoore
This is Gloria's story, told to us in flashbacks and glimmers of suppressed memories from her chair in her old folks home. Gloria is one of the best characters in a book that I have ever come across and her story is in turns both hilarious and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.