About Edith's War
Edith's War, a novel, tells one woman's heart-wrenching, yet ultimately heart-warming, story
of hardship, love, passion, and motherhood during Liverpool's Blitz of World War II. In early summer of 1940 young Edith
Maguire witnesses the internment of her Italian neighbours following Mussolini's declaration of war against Britain. Edith
is swept up in the unthinkable event of her Italian friends' deportation to Canada on the Arandora Star and experiences
first-hand the hardships and grief that ensue as a result of the ship's fateful voyage.
story is interwoven with observations and recollections by her two adult sons during a day spent waiting in Venice for their
mother, now in her ‘80s, to join them for a brief holiday. The two men's ruminations and discussions of their childhood
during and following WWII slowly but surely release hidden memories and reveal long-held secrets.
The intricacies of familial relations and the omnipresence of war are brilliantly illuminated by two generations
- mother and sons - in this ground-breaking work of fiction.
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