The Heroes' Welcome (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780062354495, 272pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
April 1919. Six months have passed since the armistice that ended the Great War. But new battles face those who have survived.
Only 23, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole lives ahead of them. But Riley’s injuries from the war have created awkward tensions between the couple, scars that threaten to shatter their marriage before it has truly begun.
Peter and Julia Locke are facing their own trauma. Peter has become a recluse, losing himself in drink to forget the horrors of the war. Desperate to reach her husband, Julia tries to soothe his bitterness, but their future together is uncertain.
Drawn together in the aftermath of the war, the couples become tightly intertwined. Haunted by loss, guilt, and dark memories, contending with uncertainty, anger, and pain, they are left with the question: is love strong enough to help them move forward?
The incandescent follow up to the international bestseller My Dear I Want to Tell You, The Heroes’ Welcome is a powerful and intimate novel chronicling the turbulence of 1919—a year of perilous beginnings, disturbing realities, and glimmerings of hope.
About the Author
Louisa Young grew up in London, in the house where Peter Pan was written. She studied modern history at Cambridge. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, Marie Claire, and The Guardian. She lives in London and Italy. The Heroes' Welcome is the second novel in a projected series that began with My Dear I Wanted to Tell You.
Praise For The Heroes' Welcome: A Novel…
British Praise for The Heroes’ Welcome: “If you read one novel about the effects of the First World War this year, make it this one. It has brain with its brawn and deserves a hero’s welcome.”
— The Times (London)
“[A] tender, elegiac novel. Others have been here before, of course, from Sebastian Faulks to Pat Barker, but Young belongs in their company.”
— Mail on Sunday
“Fierce and tender, The Heroes’ Welcome depicts heroism on the grand scale and the importance of the tiniest act of courage.”
— The Observer
“Young possesses in abundance emotional conviction, pace and imaginative energy, and these qualities will draw readers with her through time and space, as she unfolds the story of the Lockes and Purefoys on their journey through the 20th century.”
— The Guardian
“Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on war’s lingering trauma to show how people adapt-or not-and is irradiated by anger and pity.”
— Sunday Times (London)
“A moving exploration of the war’s toll on a generation...deeply affecting.”