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Wake - A Novel

Anna Hope

Anna Hope's brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives. Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath. London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Many are still haunted by the war: Hettie, a dance instructress, lives at home with her mother and her brother, who is mute after his return from combat. One night Hettie meets a wealthy, educated man and finds herself smitten with him. But there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. . . . Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange, through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, she looks for solace in her adored brother, who has not been the same since he returned from the front. . . . Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door, seemingly with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out-of-work veterans. But when he utters the name of her son, Ada is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place. Advance praise for Wake "Hope's unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain's classic memoir Testament of Youth in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the Great War. . . . Hope reaches beyond the higher echelons of society to women of different social classes, all linked by their reluctance to bid goodbye to the world the conflict has shattered."-The New York Times Book Review "Wake is a tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gi

Anna Hope's brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives. Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath. London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Many are still haunted by the war: Hettie, a dance instructress, lives at home with her mother and her brother, who is mute after his return from combat. One night Hettie meets a wealthy, educated man and finds herself smitten with him. But there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. . . . Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange, through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, she looks for solace in her adored brother, who has not been the same since he returned from the front. . . . Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door, seemingly with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out-of-work veterans. But when he utters the name of her son, Ada is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place. Advance praise for Wake "Hope's unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain's classic memoir Testament of Youth in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the Great War. . . . Hope reaches beyond the higher echelons of society to women of different social classes, all linked by their reluctance to bid goodbye to the world the conflict has shattered."-The New York Times Book Review "Wake is a tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gi
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Anna Hope's brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives. Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath. London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Many are still haunted by the war: Hettie, a dance instructress, lives at home with her mother and her brother, who is mute after his return from combat. One night Hettie meets a wealthy, educated man and finds herself smitten with him. But there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. . . . Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange, through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, she looks for solace in her adored brother, who has not been the same since he returned from the front. . . . Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door, seemingly with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out-of-work veterans. But when he utters the name of her son, Ada is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place. Advance praise for Wake "Hope's unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain's classic memoir Testament of Youth in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the Great War. . . . Hope reaches beyond the higher echelons of society to women of different social classes, all linked by their reluctance to bid goodbye to the world the conflict has shattered."-The New York Times Book Review "Wake is a tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gi

Language:

English

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:30


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:06


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

01:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:58


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:47


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:24


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:51


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:13


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:55


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:26


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:55


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

00:20