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What is left the daughter
Howard Norman
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set on the Atlantic coast of Canada during WWII, Norman's latest (after Devotion) is an expertly crafted tale of love during wartime. Wyatt Hillyer loses both his parents on the same day when they jump from different bridges in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after they discover they are both having affairs with the woman next door. Wyatt's aunt and uncle take him in, and Wyatt becomes his uncle's apprentice in his sled and toboggan business and, despite the circumstances, soon falls in love with his adopted cousin, Tilda. Yet he must resign himself to loving from a distance when Tilda brings home Hans Moehring, a German university student. The two begin a courtship harshly complicated by reports of U-boat attacks on Canadian ships, and Tilda's father becoming increasingly uneasy about this potential enemy in their midst. Norman's writing is effortless, and his plot is grand in scope but studded with moments of tenderness and intimacy that help crystallize the anxiety and weariness of life on the home front. That Norman is able to achieve so much in 250 pages is a testament to his mastery of the craft. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1942, Wyatt Hillyer was an accessory to a murder committed by his uncle. Having kept this secret from his estranged adult daughter, Malais, Wyatt decides to write down what happened. The crime unfolds in Middle Economy, Nova Scotia, a small town where 17-year-old Wyatt comes to live with his Aunt Constance and Uncle Donald and their adopted daughter, Tilda, after the suicides of both of his parents. He spends his days learning his uncle's sled-making business and silently loving Tilda, a professional mourner and the future mother of Malais. Tilda, however, falls in love with German student Hans Mohring, much to her father's dismay. Donald loses his grip on reality when tragedy befalls his wife and seeks revenge. Wyatt recalls all of these events some 20 years later in a simple, heartfelt confession that he hopes might mend his relationship with his daughter. VERDICT Norman's (Devotion) prose is at once poetic and stark. The recurring images of music, water, and war make this a haunting novel not soon to be forgotten. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/10.]-Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Wyatt Hillyer
MalefBoth of his parents jumped off two different bridges after finding out they were both having an affair with the woman next door; taken in by his aunt and uncle; apprentice to hus uncle's sled and toboggan business; secretly in love with Tilda

Adopted by Wyatt's aunt and uncle;dating Hans; father is uneasy about her relationship with Hans because of the war.

Hans Moering
Attending school in Canada; dating Tilda

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