Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Evening Chorus
Rose is the much younger wife of James. The fact that James was going off to war precipitated marriage before they'd had the chance to get to know one another. Once James is captured Rose writes infrequently, gets a dog and a lover.
Enid is the sister of James. When a bombing destroys her London flat and kills her married lover who is also her boss she loses not only her flat but her job and decides to stay with Rose until she can get back on her feet.
The story continues in 1950 with the characters in their new and very different lives. It is a calm and spare novel but each word is used to maximum effect with beautifully developed characters. Humphreys nails love and loss and it seems effortless. I read her novel Wild Dogs and it touched me in a similar way. I am currently reading a piece of her nonfiction and plan to read everything she has written.