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Leeway Cottage (2005) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In April 1940, as the Nazis march into Denmark, a rich girl of the Dundee summer colony named Sydney Brant marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss. They believe they are well matched, as young lovers do, but almost at once, their views of the world and their marriage begin to diverge. Laurus's beloved family is in Copenhagen, hostage to what the fortunes of Hitler's war will bring, especially as his mother is Jewish. When Laurus chooses to leave Sydney in the fall of 1941 to help build a Danish Resistance from London, Sydney is dismayed. By the time they are reunited four years later, Laurus's family have been through one of the most stirring stories of the war: Denmark's courageous grassroots rescue of virtually all 7000 of the country's Jews. Meanwhile, in America, Sydney has led a group knitting for the war effort, and had a baby.

In the decades to come, many people, especially their three grown children, will wonder whether these two very different people understand each other at all. If they do, how do they stay together?

Original title: Leeway Cottage
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalJewish
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: Leeway Cottage

Leeway Cottage (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Told against the backdrop of the amazing Danish Resistance and their protection of the Dutch Jews, Gutcheon's tale is more than just a story of a marriage; it's a metaphor for an era." Booklist
  • "Often, when a novel is labeled 'ambitious', we understand that its reviewer is giving the writer a polite A for effort, while silently deducting points on literary merit and readability. What words, then, 'important'? 'unforgettable'?, to describe ambition realized, as in the case of Beth Gutcheon's enthralling seventh novel...There is wit here and an eye for the telling detail...Leeway Cottage is a triumphant and true love story." Boston Globe
  • "A rich saga of an American family told with moving clarity...Beth Gutcheon's novel is a symphonic exploration of the ties that bind and just as often rend." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "Absorbing...Daring...Gutcheon has strong narrative skills." New York Times Book Review
  • "Gutcheon's gift is pure storytelling...Her characters and settings are alive, sparkling with deft touches of period detail; her narrative voice is knowing and wry, exasperated and affectionate." New York Newsday
  • "A great drama, cinematically told...Gutcheon writes elegantly about the complex bonds of family." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • "Compelling...Ambitious...Gutcheon's insights are...keen, her sympathy for all her characters...contagious." Kirkus Reviews
  • "A curious combination of a World War II historical/summer house novel, this is a good old-fashioned, all-encompassing read, with tears and smiles guaranteed." Library Journal
  • "A gentle, even tender book. Every reader will be wiser for it." BookPage
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Leeway Cottage (May 2005)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780060539054
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x D in
Pages: 432

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