The book heavily fictionalizes the World War II experiences and the romance of his grandparents in London and Malta. When Germany begins tearing across Europe and England declares war on Germany, eighteen-year-old Mary North leaves finishing school to apply for work at the War Office. everyone brave is forgiven by Chris Cleave ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016 Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a sweeping epic with the same kind of unforgettable characters and scenes that made Chris Cleave's #1 New York Times bestselling novel Little Bee a book club favourite.
Set in London during World War II, the novel explores the privilege and entitlement of wealthy Westerners confronted with the sudden brutality and loss of war through characters based somewhat on Cleave's own grandparents. If Everyone Brave is Forgiven hadn't been the selection for the book club I'm in, I would have DNFed it pretty early on. In a nutshell, Everyone Brave is Forgiven was one of the most disappointing books I've read in a while. Ian McEwan did this with Atonement, Sarah Waters did it with The Night Watch, and Chris Cleave does it too with Everyone Brave is Forgiven.