By Jessica Francis Kane
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555975654, 240pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster
On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.
In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war. As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one. The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.
Fiction writing isn't for the faint of heart; it promises years of obscurity, little money, and no guarantee that anyone will ever read your work. Yet authors keep at it -- WMRA's Martha Woodroof caught up with two first-time novelists, Jessica Francis Kane and Susanna Daniel, to find out what it takes. More at NPR.org
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- Throughout The Report, Jessica Francis Kane does a wonderful job of dropping hints regarding what really happened on the night of March 3. Did you notice these hints as you read? If so, did they help you to figure out Ada's role in the matter before Laurie revealed it?