Karen Valby
June 30, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What Is Left The Daughter

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Howard Norman
publisher
Houghton Mifflin
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

The latest from master of precision Howard Norman is again set in the gray majesty of Nova Scotia, where 17-year-old orphan Wyatt Hillyer moves in with his devoted aunt and uncle and their adopted daughter, Tilda, the love of stoic Wyatt’s life. The ravages of Hitler and his dastardly German U-boats lurking beneath Canadian waters hit their home hard. In What Is Left the Daughter, Norman writes with spare elegance and dry humor, and the extraordinary emotional power of his slim new novel is earned with authentic grace. A

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